PEORIA (WEEK) — The city of Peoria recently received an additional $45,000 in state funds to assist with the demolition of abandoned residential structures.
The funds are coming through a grant by the Illinois Housing Development Authority. It’s the fifth round of Abandon Property Program grants provided to the Peoria Community Development Department.
The funds will be used for demolition of abandoned residential structures in the 61605 zip code in the city.
City officials say they are hoping to demolish three to four structures with the latest round of funding.
“Before each house is demolished, Community Development staff first evaluates the structure for rehabilitation, instead of demolition. Unfortunately, most houses that have demolition orders are without plumbing, electrical, or intact HVAC systems. Demolition is the last resort for structures not feasible for rehabilitation,” according to the city’s press release.
So far, the city has demolished 35 structures since 2015 with $430,000 in previous grants.
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