Board of appeals orders medical center demolition

The rendering of Peoria Regional Medical Center, introduced in 2011, remains on paper. The Peoria Building Board of Appeals took city staff’s recommendation and ordered the property owner to demolish what has been built so far./Peoria Times

By Carolyn Dryer | Peoria Times

In February 2015, Mayor Cathy Carlat called what is on the property where Peoria Regional Medical Center was planned, “a skeleton, the shadow of what might have been.”

At that time, Carlat said the city approved the zoning, the principals obtain financing, but the economic downturn and other issues regarding healthcare came into the picture. Then, financing was lost, the principals obtained more financing, and what happened with that funding was a partial structure.

Carlat said, “We don’t know how it’s going to turn out yet. So many people, jobs; it standing there is a symbol of the economic tragedy people went through. The sad part is we really needed a medical center there.”

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