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As the dust settles on earlier projects, the city is gearing up for even more new development.

It has been nearly four years since I last wrote about the East Peoria/Downtown development project here in iBi, and since then, much has happened! As I write this article, foundations are going in and entire buildings are being constructed. Meanwhile, the themes of mixing new and old styles of development along with preserving space for community events and alternative modes of transportation continue to prevail.

Below is a list of projects currently underway, along with their projected completion dates and a brief description of each.

As you can see, there is a bevy of activity occurring in this new development area concurrently. To have this many projects all underway at once is no small feat and can be attributed to our dedicated elected officials and city staff—both past and present. The success of this area can be directly linked to developments over the past decade, including the Embassy Suites and Bass Pro Shops. The latter location attracted over one million visitors in its first four months of operation and continues to be a regional draw for the area.

This new downtown for East Peoria builds upon that success and will be a great destination, not only for its residents, but for the entire central Illinois region. We look forward to the openings of these businesses and more announcements to come in the future! iBi