PEORIA HEIGHTS — Developer Kim Blickenstaff woke up very last week beneath a canvas roof and surrounded by nature. He’s been staying in one particular of the luxury “tents” at his Sankoty Lakes Resort around Spring Bay though some do the job was currently being accomplished on his house across the river in Peoria County.
“It’s amazing how shut you are to civilization when you are here, and how quick you can get away from it all,” Blickenstaff claimed. “It is like Wisconsin with no the travel.”
Like all but one particular of the lots of assignments he has proposed by way of the auspices of the KDB growth team he established, Sankoty Lakes is unfinished.
Slowed by enemies of building timelines like asbestos, temperature and, this time all-around, a international public wellness disaster, sections of the formidable Blickenstaff gameplan have not formulated as rapidly as hoped.
“There have definitely been some unplanned variables,” Blickenstaff. “But we just retain on performing really hard.”
The partly repatriated central Illinois native, who left for the Left Coast just after university the place he constructed a super effective career in the bio-tech market, was released to the locals just about two yrs in the past.
He stood on a makeshift phase in the hollowed-out shell of the former Peoria Heights library and announced to a roomful of invited company his strategies for a downtown boutique hotel, a row of residential lofts on Prospect Street and for the transformation of the old library into a centre for the doing arts.
And he proposed that was only the commencing.
Only an impatient public would think two several years is long more than enough to fulfill every assure. Definitely no developer would. But perhaps two years is long enough to stop and assess in which matters stand with a clip-and-help save snapshot of his 12 organization proposals and 5 philanthropic endeavors.
1. The Betty Jayne Brimmer Center for the Carrying out Arts
Positioned at 1327 E. Kelly Ave., in Peoria Heights, the arts heart named for Blickenstaff’s mother has been open and operating due to the fact February 2019. The formal grand opening was in August 2019.
The expense of the invest in and reconstruction was close to $2.6 million. It hosts concerts and other doing arts functions. With its movable glass wall, the center’s stage can be made use of for indoor or outdoor audiences, which has authorized it to continue to be viable all through the COVID-19 pandemic with socially distanced seating.
Long run do the job could include things like new landscaping and maybe a fountain or statuary.
2. Scottish Rite Cathedral
The previous Masonic Temple at 400 NE Perry Avenue in Peoria was purchased in April 2019.
Renovation function is about 85% comprehensive. The creating has been overhauled at a recent charge of about $5 million. Accomplished are existence-safety repairs, cosmetic enhancements, buys of new tools for the basement kitchen area and ballroom, stained glass restoration, painting, tuckpointing and a new HVAC method.
A new concert Steinway piano is becoming stored in St. Louis until finally the constructing is completely ready for its shipment. Lighting and audio systems are the previous things on the checklist, for now.
Its intended use will be for enjoyment, concerts, a banquet heart and as the continued headquarters for the regional freemason team.
The grand opening intention is for this November, even though COVID-19 limitations will limit group measurements.
3. Sankoty Lakes Resort and Retreat
Found at 1583 Spring Bay Street (Illinois Route 26) in Spring Bay, the property was purchased in November 2019 and is meant to be utilized as a hunting, fishing and camping resort. It is about 75% completed.
Glamour tents are up, the RV park is all set for rentals, and a trout stream is up, jogging and stocked with about 3,000 trout.
A clubhouse/pavilion is nearing completion, and a fish hatchery is anticipated to open in December.
“Seaside is in, bridges are up,” according to substance offered by KDB. “This is an at any time-evolving venture that will consider yrs to build totally, but could be partly open up now were it not for the slowness of condition allowing approach.”
A grand opening will happen in stages with a goal of subsequent thirty day period for camping and the pavilion, which will have a cafe and bar and be accessible for gatherings.
The approximate cost was shut to $10 million, with an further expense of $6.8 million for the buy of other, close by property that will eventually place much more than 1,000 acres underneath the Sankoty umbrella for outside things to do.
4. Atrium Lodge
At 4617 N. Prospect Highway, Peoria Heights, the web-site, formerly the Peoria Heights Shopping mall, was procured in Could 2019.
The setting up has been gutted. Preliminary perform on asbestos abatement and utility relocation is comprehensive and architectural programs are completed.
Obvious design could begin nevertheless this yr, while early 2021 is additional possible. The approximate cost is $25 million. The grand opening aim is early 2022.
5. Pabst creating
The former headquarters of Pabst Brewing at 4541 N. Prospect Road in Peoria Heights, the making was acquired in February 2019 and is currently largely occupied with tenants which includes KDB headquarters, Cyient and the OSF Healthcare Foundation places of work.
The price to KDB was about $4.2 million, and a variety of other renovations are ongoing. Enlargement is a long run possibility.
6. Al Fresco Park
Found at 4600 Galena Street, in Peoria Heights the riverfront house is the former dwelling of the famous Al Fresco Park.
The KDB team declared in September 2019 it experienced leased the house from the village of Peoria Heights for $1,000 a month for use as a mother nature park and recreational region.
The home has mainly been cleared of scrub. Theodore Hoerr of Terrain Operate in Manhattan, New York, was lately hired to draw up plans for the web site. Some noticeable do the job could start out in 2021, even though the growth is linked to the state’s prepared reconstruction of Galena Street.
The progress costs are not nevertheless acknowledged. The park could be operated as component of the general vision for the Heights’ waterfront from the McClugage Bridge to Gardner Lane. That would contain Poplar Lane Park, which KDB Team has now cleared and spruced up as element of a philanthropic work showcasing a sand volleyball court docket, kayak launch and outside ice skating region.
7. Grayboy Lofts
Specialty retail stores and 10 residential lofts are prepared for the website in the 4400 block of Prospect Road in Peoria Heights.
The property is cleared except for the Subway cafe which is leased as a result of November and is now hunting for a relocation place in the village.
Groundbreaking for construction is anticipated in 2021, with a grand opening of sometime in 2022.
The approximate value is $14 million, with approximately $1.2 million currently used on assets acquisition and demolition.
8. Pump Home
Found at 1201 E. Kingman Ave. in Peoria Heights, it is the former property of the village’s drinking water department’s pump property.
It is becoming renovated into a company known as Popcorn Operates, which will present gourmand popcorn and candies and additional.
KDB is leasing the home from the village and leasing it to Popcorn Functions. Charge to KDB for the renovations is somewhere around $370,000.
Grand opening is predicted in early 2021.
9. Help save-A-Large amount
Positioned at 4225 N. Prospect Road in Peoria Heights, the building’s existing tenant is Conserve-A-Great deal grocery keep, which has more than 5 a long time still left on its lease.
KDB finally would like to have a specialty meals market place on the residence.
The home was bought in February 2019 for $1.1 million.
10. Quonset Hut, Robertson Fieldhouse reproduction
Found at 4312 N. Prospect in Peoria Heights, the previous Hurshel’s & Additional Upholstery was obtained in April 2019 for $265,000.
KDB has designs to develop the building into duplicate of the aged Bradley College Robertson Memorial Fieldhouse and convert it into a bar and museum.
There is no latest grand opening target.
11. Peoria Armory
Found at 523 NE Adams, in Peoria, KDB ordered in December 2019 a half-curiosity in ambitious strategies to convert the dilapidated building into a sporting activities sophisticated, hockey arena. The enhancement team now has 100% ownership stake that incorporates houses to the north and south of the armory making.
Programs are evolving, and it may well in the long run property some type of youth enhancement program, according to KDB.
Approximate cost is $1 million, in addition an extra $515,000 to invest in adjacent home on Adams and Bryant streets.
There is no qualified opening date.
12. Koinonia Dwelling
Positioned at 1509 N. Knoxville Ave., the historic and architecturally sizeable creating had been in really serious disrepair. KDB bought it it February 2020 for $130,000.
Due to the fact then the making has been cleaned up and is obtaining essential servicing and a new roof and home windows to avert further more weather conditions hurt. Architectural designs are staying drawn up, and the developer is in talks with a possible contractor.
It could be renovated into significant-end flats to provide the nearby clinical community, although several alternatives are being explored.
There is no current design timeline in put.
Blickenstaff has donated $640,000 to the Peoria Women’s Club for renovations to its setting up at 301 NE Madison, in Peoria $130,000 to the St. Thomas Local community Center for an improve and, a reward to the group of a commissioned sculptor by neighborhood artist Lonnie Stewart of President Teddy Roosevelt to be put in an at the moment undetermined location in Peoria Heights. Roosevelt famously visited the space when he was president and praised its river bluff views.The charge is not but regarded and it is expected to be finished by future spring.
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