PEORIA — Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) visited the former Harrison School in Peoria where she presented a $1 million check to demolish the abandoned structure. Bustos secured the federal investment through the Community Project Funding process.
“When the old Harrison School was built back in 1901, it served an important role in this community,” Congresswoman Cheri Bustos said. “Today, it serves only as a hazard and a barrier to the revitalization of this neighborhood, which is why I am so proud to be able to present this check for $1 million in federal funding to be used towards its demolition. By investing into this community and demolishing the old Harrison School, we will begin a new chapter — improving the lives of Peoria residents and repurposing this land for better use.”
The demolition of the former Harrison School building will help improve health and safety in one of Peoria’s oldest neighborhoods. The property has sat vacant and abandoned for multiple years, is a major blighting influence on the neighborhood, attracts crime and creates other health hazards. Bustos was the top House Democrat in securing federal community project funding – bringing home a total of $55 million to Northwest and Central Illinois.
Additional photos from the visit can be found here.