Name change ushers in new era for Peoria public housing


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PEORIA (WEEK) – A new look for Peoria public housing will be accompanied by a name change.

No longer will it be called “Taft Homes” on Northeast Adams. where demolition is about to begin.

It will now be known as “Providence Pointe” where construction will begin soon on 142 affordable rentals, built in two phases at a cost of almost $50 million.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Thursday at a place where residents for years have complained about crime and poor living conditions.

“We’ve had some complaints about Taft and some of our other properties, and they’re right,” said Carl Cannon, the Peoria Housing Authority’s chair.  

“We’re going to try to Band-Aid what we have, but what’s exciting is we won’t need Band-Aids any more in the near future,” Cannon said.

People living at Taft will be first on the list to choose their Providence Pointe apartment.

The remodel includes two community centers, including one will be dedicated to local seniors.

Leaders expect Providence Pointe to be finished sometime in 2023.

Bear Development and Evergreen Construction are managing the project.

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