PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill. (WEEK) — A Central Illinois native plans to bring a new boutique hotel and performing arts center to Peoria Heights.
Kim Blickenstaff, a California medical devices executive originally from Spring Bay, plans to bring the two big economic development projects to the Heights.
Blickenstaff plans to redevelop the old Kelly Avenue Library, 1327 E. Kelly, into a performing arts and cultural center. CORE Construction has already begun interior work. A concert featuring multiple bands is set for Feb. 2, 2019.
The 6,200 square foot building, constructed in 1962, will be renamed the Betty Jayne Brimmer Center for the Performing Arts in honor of Blickenstaff’s mother.
Blickenstaff also plans to redevelop the current Prospect Mall, 4617 N. Prospect, into a 55-room hotel. The one-story, 41,000 square foot office building will be redeveloped into the Atrium Hotel. Blickenstaff plans to add a second floor to the existing building.