Peoria To Discuss LST 325

The City of Peoria is taking suggestions about whether it should pursue bringing an historic World War II warship to town.

A public hearing on the LST 325 is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Gateway Building. City officials are considering courting the tourist attraction away from Evansville, Indiana. They hope to put the boat at the foot of Liberty St., near the Riverfront Museum.

A quick overview of the project will kick off the evening.

"We'll talk about things like the opportunity and the costs involved. Also, getting [the public's] input on potential locations or other ideas that they might have," said Assistant City Manager Chris Setti.

He says most people he's talked to about the idea have been in favor of it, although there has been some concern about the cost of building a dock to hold the warship. Setti says the dock carries a $1.5 million price tag, but a lot of that could be covered by grants and donations. Other concerns have been over the location, which some say would make that section of the riverfront far too crowded.

In addition to the Tuesday hearing, there's also a website and a Facebook page set up so officials can gather public input.

We want to set ourselves up for the best possible decision," Setti said.

The City Council, which deferred offering a five-year agreement to the panel that oversees the LST in May, is expected to revisit the issue at its next meeting.

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