Businesses Excited About OSF Expansion

Alpha Media Ryan Piers

Local business owners are celebrating the news that OSF HealthCare’s ministry headquarters will be moved downtown, taking over the old Chase building.

Caterpillar announced Thursday that the company is gifting the Chase building Block and $3 million to OSF.

“I was tearfully joyful,” said Joe Slyman, Owner of Adam’s St. Cafe and Catering.

Slyman said business in downtown Peoria has been sluggish the past couple years.

But he thinks the 700 employees expected to relocate to the building will help bring downtown back to life.

“Downtown needs a shot in the arm and this is it,” Slyman continued.

Slyman said business in downtown Peoria began to stagnate about a decade ago. He believes this could return the area to its former glory.

“I am just looking so forward to that buzz that used to be downtown. People that work down here know what I’m talking about,” Slyman said.

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