Explosion of homes in north Peoria could affect school enrollment

North Peoria residences/Google Maps
North Peoria residences/Google Maps

By Philip Haldiman | Independent Newsmedia

For Peoria as a whole, home sales have not changed much in the last year, increasing only slightly.

But in the northern part of the city, growth continues to outpace the south and stands out as one of the faster growing regions in the Valley.

This would normally be a good thing all around, but city and school officials are keeping a close eye on an influx of new families moving to the north since two ballot measures — one to fund more schools and one for amenities in the growth area — failed in November.

Four of the five most active housing developments in the city are north of Union Hills Drive and closings are up 9.1 percent in the same region, compared with 5.6 percent in the West Valley, according to recent numbers from Belfiore Real Estate Consulting.

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