BREAKING NEWS — Why the 'war zone' behind Schooner's?
Nine houses on Paris Avenue, just off War Memorial Drive, are in various states of destruction.
The work on demolishing these houses to make way for a new strip mall has ground to a halt. The reason is a survey for asbestos required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
"I've been getting calls from people asking why work has stopped, that it looks like a war zone," said Tom Horstmann, Peoria Heights village administrator, this morning.
Edmund Zosky, of Washington, is the developer of the project.
Horstmann said he has a letter from Zosky describing an asbestos abatement inspection currently ongoing. Horstmann said the IEPA is requiring the inspection because the houses may have asbestos in their heating systems.
"It's taking a whole lot longer than anyone expected," Horstmann said.
Horstmann said while the project may have ground to a halt, the village is excited about the prospect of the strip mall. He said the tentative name is War Drive Plaza.
"I wish I could be more definiative about what's planned," Horstmann said.
"But, we haven't seen any plans yet."
Zosky said this morning he cannot say who the potential tenants will be.
"Give me a couple of weeks. Things are developing," Zosky said.
"We don't know who will be going in right now."
Horstmann said the proposed strip mall is among the latest of commerical developments in Peoria Heights.
"I don't know what's causing this sudden interest. I wish I knew," Horstmann said.
"I think our sales taxes are low at 7.5 percent. We're business friendly. We don't make developers jump through a lot of hoops. The Cohen's building project is a real spark plug. We're keeping our fingers crossed on that. "