What would it take for you to move to downtown Peoria?

Real Estate Agent with The Kim Group ~ Commercial Real Estate Team for Peoria, IL

With a lot of incentives being put in place for developers to start developing out the Peoria river front, I am constantly being asked "What do you think it will take for people to move downtown?"  I know my answer, but I would LOVE to hear yours! 

Be completely honest!

Thank you in advance for your time!

Katie Kim
Small Business Specialist

The Kim Group

(309) 208-2898

Comments (5)

Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty

I've never been to Peoria. I briefly looked it up and the skyline pictures are beautiful. Your city seems to have a great interest in music so I would expand on that. Concerts in the park? Different kinds of music to appeal to different ethnic/racial groups? Food vendors ranging from inexpensive to pricey? Everybody loves music and food. You can't go wrong.

Water parks are always popular.

Gen Y is growing up, but not really (don't be mad, guys, we GenX'rs haven't either lol) so a skateboard park might be fun.

In Louisville, Kentucky, 4th Street Live is a big hit. I would definitely take a look at their website for ideas: www.4thstlive.com

You may already have some of these in place - I'm just throwing out ideas.

Jun 28, 2010 01:59 PM
Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty

There also appears to be a concept of having neighborhoods where you can live, work, and play in the same neighborhood. What about building a modern complex near hospital(s) or other large employers that house condos or apartments, but also restaurants, small movie theater, coffee house, arcade, etc.

Probably too radical and costly but again, I'm just throwing ideas out to get people's creativity flowing.

Jun 28, 2010 02:08 PM
Mary Blanton

Hey Katie!

I'm SO glad I actually have an opportunity to answer this question on a public forum. I've been telling people for years that I would NEVER move back to P-town, but if I did, downtown needs the following:

-a local grocery store (not Schnuck's or Kroger) but a small neighborhood grocery store that you'd find in any downtown. Trader Joe's would work - even a small Safeway or Jewel

-a gas station where you're not afraid to get shot

-the brewery that's down there now is a step in the right direction...maybe one more of those.

-a park

-solid public transportation (again...something you're not afraid to get shot on)

-bike lanes

-shops and boutiques (no chain stores)

-bring more restaurants downtown - similar to what's going on in Peoria Heights

-a local coffee shop (NOT Starbucks)

-live music

-a hair salon

-a gym/fitness center

I always think that Peoria has the potential to be a small Portland because it's on a river and it's a pretty small downtown, but there's nothing down there to draw people in. A grocery store is huge because no one wants to travel 15 minutes out of their way to get something to eat. It has to be a walking city. Man, if all that happened, I would actually even consider moving back. ;) 

Jun 28, 2010 05:19 PM
Scott Altorfer

Hi Katie,

Awaiting your "pickle" date with anticipation!  [Tactical aircraft pilots describe depressing the bomb release button, under one's right thumb on the stick, as to "pickle" the bomb away.  Why?  I couldn't tell you; we just do.  Anyhoo, when a fighter wife is about to deliver, everyone waits for her to pickle.  But I digress.]

Moving downtown would require:

A high school at least as good as the ones we're in, now (DHS).  This includes academics, athletics, extracurriculars, and quality of student life, especially safety.

Guaranteed indoor, attached parking.

Nearby dog park.

Concealed Carry legality.

A view.

Jun 28, 2010 06:29 PM
Del Camp
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage - Peoria, IL

As a native Peorian, I think about 1,000 more housing units would work wonders for getting people downtown.  And they should be market rate housing, not subsidized.  It would be fun to have a real downtown and waterfront community that is active and vibrant, but having the close-in neighborhoods full of public housing makes it very difficult.  So maybe we just tap Bill Gates or Warren Buffet to build thousands of market rate units and get the area growing.  I know, I know, you have a bridge for sale too!  But I can dream can't I?

Aug 09, 2010 10:56 AM