The “skeleton of north Peoria” is about to be demolished.
After years of local frustration over the abandoned construction project in north Peoria, the city of Peoria said “a new, state-of-the-art medical campus will take over the Peoria Regional Medical Center site.”
First Service Medical LLC, a development and investment group, purchased the land to build the campus.
“We are happy to have purchased the land out of bankruptcy and (will) develop it into a useful commercial development for the community,” said Matt Leach, of First Medical Services. “We’ve enjoyed working with the city of Peoria; they’ve answered our questions and provided the support we needed to move forward.”
Demolition of the PRMC site is scheduled for October.
“Peoria has spent many years working to remove the skeletal remains of PRMC, and although many roadblocks have stalled our efforts, Peoria persevered in securing a demolition order while working to find the right owner for this site,” Mayor Cathy Carlat said. “We are thankful for First Service Medical’s commitment to demolishing the blighted structure, and we look forward to the development of a superior medical campus to serve our growing community.”
The PRMC is a partially built, two-story, steel structure on 7 acres located near the southwest corner of Lake Pleasant Parkway and Jomax Road. The original owners intended to build Peoria’s first hospital in 2010, but work stopped a year later.
Before the structure could be demolished, the owners filed bankruptcy in October 2017, beginning a long series of legal proceedings and causing further delays. Now, First Service Medical has purchased the property and, according to the purchase and sale agreement and a court order, demolition of the existing structure can begin within 30 days.
“Today, I am beyond excited that not just an eyesore, but a scar that has impacted this community for far too long, will finally come to an end,” said Councilwoman Bridget Binsbacher, who represents the Mesquite District, where PRMC is located.
The city’s economic development department recruited First Service Medical, which is moving forward with plans to develop a new medical campus.