Colonel John Warner Homes was 433 units of distressed public housing that stood within sight of the Illinois River and the international corporate headquarters of the Caterpillar Company. Telesis planned and managed the comprehensive redevelopment of the mixed-income community that is known today as RiverWest.
Telesis designed a master plan for the neighborhood’s redevelopment that received a $16 million HOPE VI award and leveraged an additional $30 million in private and public investment. During construction, the project included a new job-training program through local unions to help Housing Authority residents access new jobs within walking distance of their homes.
The new RiverWest neighborhood, now some of Peoria’s best rental housing, is helping to generate renewal in Peoria’s downtown.