#LoveThatLot From Vacant Properties to Community Assets

For the week of Valentine's Day, the City of Peoria spread some love by recognizing revitalization efforts of vacant lots by local community members throughout our city. The community efforts highlighted below demonstrate that with a little love any vacant lot can transform into an asset for the community at-large.

These bright young students belong to the selective 4-H Spark Tank, a program developed by University of Illinois Extension.
From vacant to vital, five Peoria High Students transformed a vacant lot by building a hoop house where they raise native plants and vegetables to distribute throughout their community.
Greater Peoria LISC was awarded a $3 million grant from the State Attorney General that they used to build new houses in the East Bluff.
Last year, crime rates were reduced by 50% on Behrends Avenue alone and the revitalization of vacant lots was crucial to this effort.
Pictured is the Women's Build Wall Raising for a Habitat build on a formerly vacant lot on Monroe Street in Peoria.

Habitat for Humanity revitalizes and stabilizes our community by building homes for hard-working, first time homeowners. Families volunteer their own labor to help build their Habitat Home.

Sixteen artists, representing nine states in the US and one other country, have installed their artwork on display along Washington Street, part of the downtown warehouse district. The sculpture walk has helped to make our downtown and attractive attraction for residents and visitors alike.
With the help of artists like Joe Richey, parts of downtown Peoria that were formerly vacant and rundown have been transformed into a vibrant and rich asset for the community.

This year the Southside Community United for Change obtained a vacant lot from the City and have turned an existing shed on the property into a Community Tool Library. This allows neighbors to access tools and equipment to beautify their properties.

Thanks to all of the community groups working hard day in and day out to invest in their communities by putting vacant lots back to use!

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