Peoria Riverfront Master Plan
CATEGORY: Studies, Research and Consulting
PROJECT FIRM: TERRA Engineering, Ltd.
OTHER CONSULTANTS: Design Workshop
OWNER: City of Peoria, IL
DESCRIPTION: The City of Peoria selected TERRA to develop a master plan that runs north and south from the Murray Baker Bridge to the Bob Michel Bridge. Recognizing the Riverfront’s potential as a catalyst for business development and growth as well as recreational function, the TERRA team developed a plan that establishes the riverfront as a focal point for community activity and economic revitalization for the historic downtown. The plan promotes tourist attractions and supports the development of the riverfront as a regional destination of interest. Plan implementation includes phasing based on conversations with key partners and anticipated infrastructure improvements budget. TERRA exceeded the project owners’ needs by working closely with FEMA and IEAM to apply for a grant for construction of the flood wall and wave attenuator. TERRA was successful in obtaining the grant from IEAM to prepare the engineering design for the flood walls that will be followed by another BRIC application for the construction services.
TERRA also got creative in utilizing engagement with the general public to help get a better understanding of the wants and needs of the community. The TERRA team utilized out of the box public engagement techniques through a large community advisory group (CAG) that gained the attention and participation of politicians and local news personnel. This resulted in more of the residents and businesses getting involved in the real time planning and creation of a new vision for the riverfront. It was through the public engagement that revealed to the team the need and desire to connect with the river, which directly impacted the initial design plan and generating the master plan developed by the TERRA team.