Peoria takes careful step toward entertainment district

Peoria Sports Complex
Peoria Sports Complex

By Jackee Coe | The Republic |

Peoria leaders approved a key pact for a planned entertainment district near the city’s spring-training complex, a project carefully crafted to avoid possible setbacks, such as those that shad­owed the early years of Westgate City Center in neighboring Glendale.

The City Council approved a new ground lease and development agreement with Peoria Sports Park LLC, on March 4.

The development agreement is an important step for Avenue Shoppes at P83, a $90.5 million project slated to be built at the Peoria Sports Complex near 83rd Avenue and Bell Road. The project would include a hotel, shops, restaurants and entertainment venues steps away from the ballpark.

Developers have compared their plans to the Grove, the popular celebrity­sighting spot near Los Angeles.

The document gives the group, led by Peoria resident Mike Oliver, one year to meet several requirements before moving forward with design and construction.

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