PEORIA (WEEK) — After a pandemic put their project on hold, a team that wants to reinvent Peoria’s central business district said they are back and ready to go.
One of the first things the alliance wants to do is clean up Fulton Plaza, a downtown park located between SW Jefferson and SW Adams Streets. As is stands now, the urban green space has become a dumping ground, littered with trash and debris.
Jake Hamann is founder and executive director of Peoria Innovation Alliance. He said cleaning up the plaza is a crucial first step to revitalizing the area. With OSF’s new headquarters and more workers returning to the office, Hamann believes downtown has the potential for a comeback.
“They need those other things, those places to go, and hopefully with what’s been happening in the Warehouse District and those other places to do, we’ll start to see them stick around after 5 o’clock,” he said.
On Wednesday, Hamann opened up the Center for Civic Innovation. The new, physical space will offer classes and workspaces for those individuals who want to bring businesses to the downtown. Most of their work will be paid for through memberships and private funding.
And with a cleaned-up Fulton Plaza, Hamann hopes to complement new restaurants and other venues with a public space for live music or art shows.
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