The controversial River Trail apartment project is moving forward, at least to the Peoria city council for a vote next week. The developer, Desmond Curran, wants to build a 144 unit apartment complex north of Peoria's Riverplex. But park proponents don't want it there and would like to see the land preserved. A National Park Service agreement requires the city to swap prime park property with another one of comparable value. The city offered to swap property at the foot of Spring Street in exchange for prime riverfront park space in Constitution Garden. It appears that process is complete.
Chris setti/Peoria assistant city manager
"We did receive from the national park service in early November conditional approval of our request to have this project go forward," said Assistant City Manager Chris Setti.
Friends of Riverfront Park are questioning whether or not the city can help support the project given it's ongoing budget issues and a nearly eight-million dollar budget gap. But Setti tells 25 News the funding for the project won't come from the city's general fund.