Zoning for apartment project deferred

By Denise Jackson

July 5, 2012 Updated Jul 5, 2012 at 9:39 PM CDT

PEORIA,Ill -- Plans to build a three story apartment building in North Peoria are put on hold after several residents voiced concerns Thursday. Developer Alexis Khazam wants to put the building behind Junction City Shopping plaza.
The 30 unit apartment building would have a new urbanism design and sit on property behind the shopping plaza and run parallel to Humboldt Avenue.

Chuck Hollis of New Junction Ventures says the units would later be converted into townhouses and condos. The project would bring 10 additional parking spaces along Humboldt where there are a handful of homeowners..and many on surrounding streets.
Several residents attending the zoning meeting say they are concerned about property values diminishing and additional traffic they say would cause problems.

"There is no precedent for a three story building besides Proctor Hospital, all the way across to the heights to the Pabst building and Cohen Furniture Warehouse," said resident Phyllis Pryde.

"You add this building and the viability it brings to the shopping center and the style of architecture that's involved now it starts to picking all the elements of the different buildings and makes sense of the character of Junction city as well as the neighborhood," Hollis said.

Zoning commission member Richard Unes says a deferral would give both sides time to work out concerns about building size, and design for the project. The commission will take up the issue again at the August 2nd meeting.

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