PEORIA — Visibility is ramping up for work at the future Downtown headquarters of OSF HealthCare.
Fences have been placed along Adams and Fulton streets and on a nearby parking lot adjacent to the property at 124 SW Adams Street.
That will close sidewalks near there, OSF spokeswoman Shelli Dankoff said in response to an inquiry.
"Tools and equipment are being moved in and some select demolition will be taking place as we prepare to begin interior demolition and removal," she said in a statement.
That's all related to the $90 million project to renovate the historic building to serve as a headquarters for OSF HealthCare.
Between 700 and 800 employees will work there, OSF has said in the past.
In addition to bringing in tools and equipment, construction workers will begin "some select demolition" ahead of work on interior demolition and removal, Dankoff said.
Trash chutes will also be arriving in the coming week "and we will be setting them up immediately so demolition on the upper floors can begin," she said.
The federal approval process is under way on the historic designation that will allow the health care organization to access tax credits to use during the costly renovation. A state tax credit was already expanded that OSF will also utilize.
The headquarters location is just blocks away from the original location where the Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis initially lived and provided medical care in the 1800s.
OSF officials have previously said that while most exterior work is farther down the line, they hoped to begin on interior demolition and renovation during this year, since the bulk of the effort will be performed inside the structure.
The renovation is expected to employ at least 200 workers, OSF has said. State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth said that leaders there have committed to hire workers "that will reflect the diversity of this community."
OSF announced in January that it was acquiring the property — which was initially intended to be the site of a headquarters for Caterpillar, Inc. — from the heavy equipment manufacturer for $1 in a sale to a for-profit arm of the health care company. Using a for-profit entity is necessary in order to access the tax benefits for renovation on historic structures.
The property acquisition also included the remainder of the block, including the shuttered Peoria Professional Building and the closed parking deck along Washington Street. Both are slated for future demolition, and OSF has said it will consider input on what to locate in both spaces.