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Peoria getting 950k grant to clean up eyesore on south side

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PEORIA (WEEK) -- The City of Peoria is getting nearly a million dollars to clean up a brownfield site on the south side of the city.

The lot on southwest Adams street is in a prime location, but it has sat empty since the city acquired it in 2014.

Assistant Community Development Director Joe Dulin said the contamination is from the lot's prior use as a junkyard, along with other developments over the years.

"Before you can develop on a brownfield, you have to make sure the site is clear and safe for people to use," Dulin said.

The city initially received a federal grant from the EPA to clean up the land in April 2020. However, that money wasn't large enough for the city to begin work.

City Councilwoman Denise Moore says the new, larger grant, in combination with the federal money, will allow clean up to start. Their ultimate goal is to sell the land to a business that will help bring jobs to the south side.

"That's one of the stipulations that I've always had, that whoever goes in there, they need to be able to hire from 61605," Moore said.

Moore hopes the redevelopment of the land will help spark more development in the area. She says multiple potential buyers are already lining up to purchase the property.

"This is going to be a jewel that we will be able to provide to anyone who would want property of that size for their business," Moore said.

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Alex Gaul

Alex Gaul joined WEEK 25 News and Heart of Illinois ABC in January 2021 as a Multimedia Journalist. He formerly worked for KPNX-TV and KAET-TV, both in Phoenix, Arizona. The Illinois-native is an alum of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

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