|Ray Lees and Craig Hullinger at the Reconstruction of Washington Street in the Warehouse District|
Reviving the Warehouse District
The city’s Warehouse District has earned a chapter in a recently-published book about developments in “the post-industrial city.”
Ray Lees and Craig Hullinger co-authored the chapter in “SynergiCity,” a compilation of essays edited by Paul Hardin Kapp and Paul Armstrong, both professors at the University of Illinois.
“SynergiCity” examines urban change since World War II when the industrial bases of many cities moved elsewhere
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Recent Project Updates
May 16, 2013: The next construction meeting has been moved to 5pm on Thursday, May 30. Please join us at the Gateway Building for more detailed information regarding upcoming construction and staging. Members of the project team will be on-hand to respond to any questions or comments.
As part of the City of Peoria's plans to encourage new development in the Warehouse District, the City of Peoria was awarded a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) II grant program. The Warehouse District TIGER II project will not only rebuild the street network but also improve safety, accessibility and aesthetics for residents and businesses in the Warehouse District.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, with (from left) Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, former Peoria Mayor Richard Carver, Illinois State Senator Dave Koehler, and Peoria Councilman Ryan Spain, speaks at the March 8, 2013 Warehouse District TIGER II Complete Streets and Washington Street Improvement Projects groundbreaking.
Concurrently, the City of Peoria is also performing the Washington Street Improvement Project, which aims to transform Washington Street into a safer, more attractive facility for motorists and pedestrians alike. The Washington Street Improvement Project extends from Hamilton Boulevard to MacArthur Highway through the Warehouse District and Business District of downtown Peoria.
The Warehouse District project area includes the Warehouse District TIGER II Complete Streets project on streets shown in blue and the Washington Street Improvement Project, shown in red. The Washington Street Improvement Project also extends further north to Main Street. For a larger view of the study area, click here. Imagery: Bing Maps.
Artist's rendering of streetscape improvements and enhanced public space near O'Brien Field, on the northwest corner of Oak and Adams Streets. For a larger view, click here.
While the Warehouse District is larger than just the roadways included in this project, the TIGER II grant funding will go towards street repairs and streetscaping on side streets roughly bounded by Walnut Street on the north; Jefferson Street on the west; Persimmon Street on the south; and the Illinois River on the east. Improvements to other streets in the Warehouse District are expected to occur in the future.