Smitty’s, vacant on Grand Avenue for 20 years, is being demolished. It may be replaced by a multifamily residential project.

Smitty’s at 8455 W. Grand Avenue is a former modest shopping center that has been vacant for two decades. Neighbors have complained about the “eyesore” of its blighted condition for almost as long.

Smitty’s is finally coming down.

At a Peoria Planning Commission virtual meeting Aug. 20, Peoria Planning and Community Development Director Chris Jacques  said the demolition of the former Smitty’s on Grand Avenue is in process. 

An upgrade is in the works, as Peoria has received a proposal for a residential project for the property, he said.

“We have received a zoning case for that property and proposed multifamily commercial execution there called Grand Commons,” Jacques said.

Jacques said Peoria was “repositioning” commercial properties that were not realizing their full development potential. 

Other developments, including the Peoria Crossings project at Northern and 91st avenues and the Camino El Lago at Lake Pleasant Parkway and Deer Valley Road, will be on upcoming agendas, according to Jacques.

“We’ve repositioned some of these centers to be mixed use,” Jacques said. “They can create a little more activity.”

Peoria Planning Manager Lorie Dever presented the planning department work plan for the remaining year.

“We had a number of different (projects) we were looking to bring into the city,” she added.

The commission unanimously approved a request by Deer Valley Animal Clinic to obtain a conditional use permit at 8385 Deer Valley Road.

The applicant, Andy Jochums, will operate a 3,600-square-foot veterinary clinic located within a shopping center at the southwest corner of Deer Valley Road and 83rd Avenue.

Just before the vote, Commissioner Tony Feiter recused himself. “My full-time employment is (as) the owner of the shopping center,” he noted.

The commission also approved a permit for Auto Glass Express at 6720 W. Peoria Road.