Funding help for Western Avenue streetscapes coming out of state grant

The Rebuild Distressed Communities grant was born out of a need to assist small businesses and communities impacted by civil unrest.
Published: Jan. 10, 2022 at 4:08 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - The City of Peoria is getting $1.2 million to help fund streetscape improvements along Western Avenue thanks to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

The DCEO’s Rebuild Distressed Communities grant will help small businesses that were directly impacted by civil unrest while also assisting cities in improving commercial corridors that were affected by these activities.

The $1.2 million will help fund the current Western Avenue project with pedestrian accommodations, including retaining walls, sidewalk installation and upgrades, bike path accommodations, lighting, and pedestrian crossing upgrades, according to a release.

“The city of Peoria appreciates the support of the State of Illinois, our local legislative leaders, and LISC in helping us secure $1.2 million in additional funding for the Western Avenue project,” said Peoria Mayor Rita Ali. “The project consists of a complete street overhaul of Western Avenue, resulting in much-needed infrastructure improvement for the City’s south side that we hope will be a catalyst to attract business growth and more residents back into the 61605 zip code.”

“The additional funding from the State of Illinois allows for improved lighting, improved sidewalks, additional safety cameras, and wayfinding signs.  We are excited to see the completion of a $12 million investment into a commercial corridor that has seen much disinvestment over the years.”

Phase 1 of the Western Avenue project was completed at the end of December 2021 with Phase 2 scheduled to begin in the spring.

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