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Peoria buildings may reach higher

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 07:45:29 CST
By: Jim Browne

Peoria's skyline could be changing after the city's zoning commission voted to dump height restrictions. In order to allow sunlight hits the downtown streets, builders are currently limited to heights of 1-1/2 times the width of street. With variances already granted for the Marriott/Pere Marquette venture, commission members say the limits that have been in effect since 1990 aren't realistic. That means new buildings could be limited only by the bedrock, and aspirations of architects. The Peoria city council's expected to take up the issue early in the new year. This comes as Caterpillar ponders it's future in the city's downtown. The Heavy machine maker says it's narrowed it's options down to four, including extensive renovation of it's current headquarters.

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