LOCATION

724 W. Washington St

Bloomington, IL 61701

CONTACT  US

Telephone: (309) 829-1200

Email: info@westbloomington.org

WINTER HOURS (starts November 1)

Monday: 10-Noon & 5-7 P.M. 

Thursday: 4-7 P.M.

Saturday: 8-12 P.M.

BIKE CO-OP HOURS

Monday:  5-7 P.M. 

Saturday: 9-12 P.M.

HOLIDAY HOURS

Thanksgiving Day: Closed

December 24 - January 1: Closed

© 2019  WBRP  West Bloomington Revitalization Project

ABOUT US

OUR MISSION

Driven by the voice of residents, the WBRP leads impactful, collaborative efforts of neighbors and local stakeholders that honor our historical and cultural roots, build on the pride and strengths of our neighborhoods and empower residents to be leaders and achieve a vision for a better community.

WHAT WE STRIVE FOR

  • Residents of West Bloomington are empowered and engaged in the community.

  • Residents of West Bloomington enjoy a better quality of life.

  • Residents live in neighborhoods that are clean, green, and beautiful.

  • Residents feel safe and secure in their homes and neighborhoods.

  • Residents have housing options that are affordable, accessible, and energy-efficient.

  • Youth have opportunities for education, recreation, and volunteer service.

  • Residents have the opportunity to own and maintain their own homes.

  • Residents have opportunities for employment, independence, and self-sufficiency.

  • Residents have access to food security, transportation, and health care.

  • Residents celebrate the history, architecture, culture, and diversity of the community.

  • Residents have the opportunity to learn, serve others, and exert civic leadership.

OUR BOARD MEMBERS AND STAFF

Officers

President – Deborah Halperin

Vice President – Larissa Armstrong

Treasurer – Karen Schmidt

Secretary – Bevin Choban

Directors/Staff

Director – Julia Zuniga Alzamora

Director – Deborah Boston

Director – Scott Black​​

Director – Robert Bosquez

Director – Valerie Dumser

Director – Katie Pratt

Director – Katherine Sawyer

Director – De Urban

 

Staff

Project Leader – Armando Baez

OUR HISTORY

Our neighborhoods, Olde Towne and Gridley Allin Prickett (GAP), are long-established areas of Bloomington located directly west of downtown along Market Street. Our area is home to historic housing, long-standing churches, social service agencies, and small businesses. However, our community faces unique challenges and was identified as an area of concern and need for intervention in 2007.

A decision was made amongst public, private, and nonprofit sectors to take significant steps towards revitalizing West Bloomington neighborhoods. This included the formation of the West Bloomington Task Force – a group focused on creating a comprehensive plan to achieve significant community development. The West Bloomington Task Force was made up of representatives from the City of Bloomington, the Economic Development Council of the Bloomington-Normal Area, State Farm Bank, service area companies, non-profit organizations and social service agencies, and the GAP and Olde Towne neighborhood associations.

It was then that we made commitments to the West Bloomington Revitalization Project with intent to serve as a model for change for other neighborhoods in the Bloomington-Normal area. Through our strategic planning, we were able to identify key themes in which we needed to focus our attention: economic development, safety, housing, youth, and education. These themes are highlighted in the various programs we offer today and we hope to continue evolving our efforts as we continue our mission.