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Peoria County: Downtown Peoria Riverfront Museum

The Peoria Riverfront Museum (PRM) facility is owned by Peoria County and leased through an operating agreement to the PRM. Just over two years after ground was broken, the museum will open to the public on October 20, 2012. In addition to galleries, the museum will house a Giant Screen Digital Theater, a planetarium, and interactive IHSA and Illinois River experiences.

For more information on the Peoria Riverfront Museum, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org.

On August 1, 2012, construction of the museum was 92% complete. Final checklists (punch-lists) for features to date are the IHSA and Discovery World halls, Illinois River lab, and street galleries on the main level, as well as classrooms and offices on the lower level. Seats were installed in the Giant Screen Digital Theater and the Zeiss Powerdome was installed in the planetarium, in addition to previously completed work for each respective feature. Later this month, the lobbies, corridors, and remaining galleries are expected to be reviewed for completion and furniture installation will begin. The target completion date for the facility is October 15, 2012.

The Peoria County Board set for the organization the strategic goal of providing high quality public facilities for our community. Therefore, Peoria County is seeking LEED Gold certification for this new facility. To achieve this goal, the museum facility has photovoltaic (solar) panels, on-site stormwater detention systems, and reclaimed wood installations. Energy usage will be monitored and a permanent lawn sprinkler system will not be utilized. Low VOC paint was used during the construction process and construction debris has been recycled. Other energy-saving and conservation techniques have also been, and will continue to be, utilized for this project.

In 2009, Peoria County voters passed a referendum for a Public Facilities Sales Tax. Proceeds of the tax are being utilized to finance construction of the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Over time, $36 million from the tax will be invested into the museum project.

Peoria Riverfront Museum Financial Analysis - through May 31, 2012

To view construction change orders for the museum project, please visit:

 

Please continue reading for a history of Peoria County's involvement in the Peoria Riverfront Museum project.

On Thursday, November 8th 2007, the Peoria Riverfront museum officials came to the County Board to ask for our participation in the museum block project.  They've requested the County's assistance in closing the $24 million gap to keep this project moving forward.

To keep you informed regarding this unique request, we've gathered some of the articles, presentations and other information available for your consideration:  

 Peoria Museum Square Project (Details about the project including components, plans, video and news archives).

County Board Meeting Audio and Video: November 8th, 2007 meeting (also available as a podcast in the iTunes store, search for Peoria County).

PJ Star: Moment of Truth for Museum (archived).

WEEK TV: Peoria County Board Gets $24 Million Museum Question (includes video of museum presentation).


 On Thurday, Novermber 29th, 2007, the Peoria County Finance Committee will consider a number of options for action and will make a recommendation to the full board in December.


On April 7, 2009, Peoria County voters passed a one quarter of one percent (1/4%) sales tax for public facilities purposes.  This would mean that a consumer will pay an additional twenty five cents ($0.25) in sales tax for every $100 of goods bought at retail.  This additional tax will cease on January 1, 2030.

The proceeds of the tax will be utilized to help finance the construction of the Peoria Riverfront Museum. 


On February 4, 2010, the County Board held a Committee of the Whole to discuss an update to the project.  The following documents are listed here:


On May 6, 2010, Peoria County posted an "Invitation to Bid" for the parking deck of the museum. The mandatory, pre-bid meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on May 17, 2010 at the Illinois Department of Transportation office on Main Street in Peoria. Bids will be received until 2:00 p.m. on June 1, 2010 at the Peoria County Highway Department; bids will be opened immediately afterwards.

 


 

The County's Museum Committee met at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, August 6, 2010.  They considered 5 different resolutions.  Here is the background information for each item:

Design Concepts, Amended and Restated Redevelopment Agreement
Capital Facility Development, Lease and Operating Agreement
Bid Award for construction of the Peoria Riverfront Museum parking structure, and Engineering Agreements for material testing and construction support are available for download here:

http://www.peoriacounty.org/county/files/?path=/Peoria+Riverfront+Museum

On September 13, 2010, Peoria County posted an "Invitation to Bid" for the deep utilities relocation portion of the museum project. The mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on September 21, 2010 at the Peoria County Courthouse, Room 402, 324 Main Street in Peoria. Bids will be received until 10:00 a.m. on October 1, 2010 at the Peoria County Courthouse, Purchasing Office; bids will be opened immediately afterwards.

On October 22, 2010, Peoria County posted an "Invitation to Bid" for the Peoria Riverfront Museum. The pre-bid meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on November 2, 2010 at the Peoria County Courthouse, Room 402, 324 Main Street in Peoria. Bids will be received until 2:00 p.m. on November 30, 2010 at the Peoria County Courthouse, Purchasing Office; bids will be opened immediately afterwards.

On Monday, November 8, 2010, Peoria County sponsored an Outreach Meeting to encourage involvement of minority-owned businesses in the Peoria Riverfront Museum project. The meeting was held at Lakeview Museum at 10:00 a.m. and was facilitated by Absolute Risk Management Strategies. Open to all interested business owners, this meeting offered minority, women, and disadvantaged business owners in particular an opportunity to learn more about the museum project and brainstorm creative ways to participate in the museum's development. 

 

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