Located on Peoria’s far South Side, Harrison Homes has about 158 apartments on 31 acres. Twenty-eight new units are scheduled to be complete by June 2010.
Harrison Homes includes a Family Resource Center where children attend after-school programs including homework tutorials, games, crafts and computer literacy. Support programs, including educational services, are provided for interested families. Nearby is a local branch of Peoria Public Library, which serves the residents and provides meeting space.
Harrison Homes was originally developed in the 1930’s to provide housing for Peoria’s working families. Over the past few years, the Housing Authority demolished units to clear the way for redevelopment. Currently, half of the units that were originally built have been demolished.
The Harrison site is currently under construction. PHA will redevelop a 32-acre portion of the site to provide new, affordable housing in a walkable, neighborhood setting. The new development will include a mix of townhouses and apartments, some of which will be designated for seniors. All units will be energy efficient and some will be fully accessible. The area will have city streets and community green space. PHA is on Phase II of this project. When Phase II is complete, 28 new units will exist. The contract for Phase II development has been awarded to Morrisey Construction. Units will be constructed with the following breakdown:
12 units: Elderly, 1-bedroom (All of these units are fully accessible for disabled persons. The building includes an elevator.)
10 units: 1-Bedroom
6 units: 2-3 Bedrooms
Harrison Development Plan. Click here to see full size.
In all, 16 units will be wheelchair and audio/visual accessible! A new management/maintenance office will provide offices for staff. Included will be an all purpose conference room. A public computer will also be housed in this building.
CLICK HERE FOR A SLIDESHOW OF HARRISON'S GROUNDBREAKING 10/23/09.
Eventually, PHA plans to develop approximately 200 new housing units on the Harrison site with an estimated investment of $40 million. These plans have been approved by the PHA Board and City Council.