BREAKING NEWS - Is Lakeview Branch doomed?

DeWayne Bartels

Discussion about a new North Peoria library branch being located at Expo Gardens is growing in intensity.

At 4:30 p.m. today Peoria Public Library Board President Mike McKenzie is scheduled to meet with representatives of District 150 about their plans for the area around Richwoods High School and Expo Gardens.

McKenzie said he toured the grounds of Expo Gardens yesterday.

This morning McKenzie said there have been no formal discussions about the Expo Gardens site.

He said the new library/council liaison 4th District councilman Bill Spears attended a library building committee meeting May 29. But, McKenzie said the Expo Gardens site was discussed “only in passing.”  

McKenzie said it seems some council members seem to be pushing the Expo Gardens site with the idea that a branch there would replace the Lakeview Branch and another new branch farther north.