First District city council member Denise Moore has withdrawn a proposal before the Peoria City Council to approve the use of $550,000 in TIF funds to purchase a former grocery store building at 210 S. Western Ave.
The building, once a location for Aldi, has remained vacant since the departure of Sav-A-Lot in 2017. But since the fall of 2019, the Southside Community United for Change has led a program to use the building for pop-up markets for independent food and retail vendors from the Southside neighborhood.
The latest series of markets held in the building last summer were part of a program that received funding from the Community Foundation’s Ending Hunger Together Grant in an ongoing effort to establish a food, health and business hub on Peoria’s south side.
“So it’s been a lot of very exciting, potential opportunity.” said Moore. “There are no plans, there’s just conversation that people want to have to see how they can be a part of this.”
Moore said the withdrawal is due to the purchase agreement expiring at the end of January and additional time needed to continue discussions within the community regarding the future of the building.
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