Create an oversight organization that supports downtown Peoria development
While the Warehouse District has the potential to become a thriving, urban neighborhood, it can benefit from a collective effort to promote all of downtown Peoria as the heart of the community and region. The distinct areas of the downtown core, including, but not limited to, the Central Business District, the Riverfront District, and the Warehouse District, can work together to strengthen each other. A downtown organization can be the champion that leads the effort to accomplish this.
Implement a Demolition Delay or Demolition Review Law
Demolition laws are used in some municipalities, regardless of adopted historic preservation ordinances, to prevent the demolition of existing buildings without a thorough review. The focus of the ordinance is demolition and may not be directly tied to Historic Preservation Ordinances, so design control is limited. To establish a legal foundation for this type of ordinance, Demolition Ordinances should be based on historic preservation criteria, which is similar to what would be required with a Local Historic District designation.
Promote the Warehouse District
Target markets for the Warehouse District that should be addressed include developers, businesses, potential residents, the local & regional destination market base, and the tourism market base