Peoria Riverfront Museum

Peoria Riverfront Museum

By WEEK Producer
By Denise Jackson

August 5, 2011 Updated Aug 5, 2011 at 9:38 PM CDT

Peoria Residents --and everybody else -- can now get a bird's eye view of the 140 million dollar Peoria riverfront museum and Caterpillar Visitors Center taking shape on the old Sears block.
One local firm is streaming live video of the construction.

When driving or riding in a car by the old Sear's block it's hard to imagine the depth and size of the Peoria Riverfront Museum project. An upgraded camera perched a top the Chase Bank building now provides a live bird's eye view of the project which includes a movie theater and Caterpillar's Visitors Center.

"It really offers a unique perspective on the block. It's one that most people don't get to see everyday. We're hoping that this is a way we can share the development with the rest of Peoria and really the world, " said IT 360 Vice President Matt Machala.

The firm IT-3-60 has added the second camera scanning the riverfront.
This latest one pans Washington Street,getting a full view of the 140 million dollar project. Riverfront Museum Board Chairman Dave Ransburg says with 30-percent of the construction underway residents can finally see it coming to fruitition.

"I encourage people to go down there and take a look at it. It's exciting and when you get close you realize how big this is gonna be. It's gonna be a giant project, I think it's gonna be a tremendous asset to the community much like the civic center was," Ransburg said.

Residents can monitor the construction progress by logging on to build the block-dot com.
The museum and Caterpillar Visitors Center are scheduled to open in October of next year.

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