Harrison School/Neighborhood Impact Zone


- Please check Documents section for updated maps and data of the Harrison Impact Zone area.

8/19/10A youth focus group meeting was held at the Harrison Birth-Eighth Grade Learning Center.  The purpose of this meeting was to ask the kids of the Harrison Impact Zone about their neighborhood and ways to make it a great place to live.  Results of this meeting can be found in the Documents section below.

National Night Out Against Crime: A neighborhood event will be held today, August 3 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Harrison Homes parking lot.  Bring your family and tell a neighbor.  There will be food and refreshments.  Hope to see you there.

Thank you to everyone that showed up for the Open Space meeting on July 8th at South Side Mission.  Around 35 residents participated in the event and listed different issues with their neighborhood and ways to solve those issues.  A future meeting will be held to narrow down these issues into goals and objectives for the Harrison Impact Zone.  For more information, please see the results of the meeting below in the Documents section.  Also, results of the neighborhood survey can be found in the Documents section as well.

A neighborhood meeting will be held Thursday, July 8th beginning at 5:30 PM at the South Side Mission located at 1127 S Laramie St.
6/14/10Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped out with the neighborhood survey on Saturday.  We battled through hot, muggy weather and rain.  Thank you!!

The door-to-door survey was canceled this past Saturday and has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 12 at 11:00 AM.  We are still looking for volunteers. 

5/26/10The date of the Open Space meeting has been set.  On Thursday, July 8th, an Open Space meeting will be held at the South Side Mission located at 1127 S Laramie St.  Facilitated by professional Open Space consultant Michael Herman, Harrison Impact Zone residents and stakeholders will have an opportunity to identify issues in their neighborhood and strategies to solving these issues.  Let your voice be heard.  Food and refreshments will be served beginning at 5:30 PM and the meeting will begin at 6:00 PM.  For more information on Open Space meetings, please click on the following links.

5/11/10We are looking for volunteers to administer the door-to-door survey for the Harrison Impact Zone on Saturday, June 5 starting at 11:00 AM.  The purpose of the survey is to gauge the residents' perceptions of their neighborhood.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Brad Schmidt at 494-8611.

- A meeting was held at Harrison Primary School to introduce the Harrison Impact Zone to the residents and land owners within the Zone.  Over 100 people showed up for this event.  City representatives discussed a variety of City programs and services available to residents.  Also, Sandra Burke of School District 150 introduced the Promise Neighborhood grant.  A lot of exciting information was presented and residents asked a lot of questions.  Find out more by clicking here. http://www.pjstar.com/news/x1773730178/Harrison-community-is-asked-for-input

5/7/10 - Please attend the Harrison Impact Zone orientation meeting on Saturday, May 8 at 10:00 AM.  Learn more about the Impact Zone concept, various City programs and services,  Promise Neighborhoods, and Community Call to Action.  For more information, please click on the following links.

5/1/10 - The Community Call to Action forum choose the Harrison Impact Zone as the area they will focus their efforts.  For more information, please click on the following links.

Youth Focus Group - August 19, 2010




National Night Out Against Crime at Harrison Homes - August 3, 2010




Open Space Neighborhood Meeting -
July 8, 2010

Neighborhood Survey - June 12, 2010

Orientation Meeting - May 8, 2010

Comcast Community Day (Boys and Girls Club) - April 24, 2010





What is an Impact Zone?

In 2008, the Safe Schools/Safe Neighborhood Sub-Committee developed the concept of the “School Neighborhood Impact Zone.” This concept created a new demonstration model for neighborhood revitalization which focuses City programs and services within a two-block perimeter of a new school site.

Harrison Impact Zone

The Harrison School/Neighborhood Impact Zone is a roughly two-square block area around the new Harrison Birth-to-Eighth Grade Learning Center. Consisting of 446 parcels and about 118 acres, the Harrison Impact Zone is a mixture of residential, commercial and institutional land uses.  The intent of this Impact Zone is to improve the neighborhood through focused City programs and services derived from the goals and objectives of the neighborhood's residents.

A plan for the Harrison Impact Zone will be developed through a planning process that includes initial data collection on the neighborhood's physical conditions, a neighborhood survey and an Open Space Technology meeting to allow the public to list their thoughts and perceptions of the neighborhood, and finally a list of goals and objectives for which programs and policies will be developed to assist in improving the neighborhood.

The final Harrison Impact Zone Plan will be developed with the help from the City of Peoria, School District #150, Tri-County Regional Planning, local stakeholders, and most importantly, the residents within the Zone.  The purpose of the Plan is to assist in the creation of policies and the funding of projects for the Harrison Impact Zone.  It is very important that everyone within the Zone participates.

On March 23, 2010, the City of Peoria's Common Council approved an ordinance establishing the Harrison School/Neighborhood Impact Zone and the boundaries of that zone.

Map of Harrison Impact Zone

Harrison Primary School

Coordinating Committee

City of Peoria
School District 150
Tri-County Regional Planning Commission
Peoria Housing Authority
Boys and Girls Club
Local Churches and Social Service Organizations
Council Members Clyde Gulley (1st District) and George Jacob



Contact Information

For more information, please contact Shannon Techie (Urban Planner) at (309) 494-8649 or email STechie@ci.peoria.il.us