If you buy the building being auctioned on June 26 for $1,450,000.00+ you will need to lease the land from the Peoria Park District. You won't be able to buy the 33,000 sq. ft. Lakeview Museum building as that is destined to be the Peoria Park District new Administration building. I guess that means no new ball fields as promised by Noble and Cassidy in 2002, no erosion control of the silt delta expanding from park owned land into the Illinois River, higher activity fee listings in the parks' Quarterly Issue Playbook, no new skateboard park to replace the drug dealing Becker skateboard location, and probably soon a boost in property taxes for those who live in the park taxing areas of the City of Peoria.
You may recall I posted the JS article in which Park Board President Cassidy finally admitted that the 10 year bond for the RiverPlex, "this bonded indebtedness, if not all, will be paid through RecPlex\operations". (Js, 3/12/99)The project got so much negative publicity that the name was changed from "wreck" (Rec) to "Plex" and the bond payoff date was recently extended another 6 years. At no time did the complex pay any of the projected principal and interest of what then was a $6 million dollar loan.
Those with an honest memory will recall that the busted State of Illinois gave the IDOT building complex to the PPD for one dollar and the park made official public notice that that would be their new headquarters once the money was raised for the Children's Playhouse.
Why did IDOT give up a good building complex on North Knoxville? Was it a "sweetheart" political deal as rumored. Some old local ex politicians could tell you but they won't because I believe the major recipient is still living.
My, how time flies and lies are forgotten. You won't see an of what I post in the new Peoria magazine touted by the JS as the "History of Peoria".
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