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Pair of Projects Advances along Peoria’s Thunderbird Road

Traffic moves along Thunderbird Road at Rio Vista Boulevard in Peoria Jan. 20. New projects at this intersection and 91st Avenue, just west of Rio Vista, are planned for a pair of vacant parcels. Photo credit: Jeff Grant/Daily News-Sun

By Jeff Grant for Daily News-Sun

A pair of projects along Thunderbird Road between the Loop 101 and 99th Avenue are moving forward this month with the promise of more consumer and medical patient choices.

QuikTrip at Rio Vista Boulevard

Construction is slated to begin on a new, larger fuel station and convenience market on the northeast corner of Thunderbird and Rio Vista Boulevard, according to officials with QuikTrip Corp., while down the street – at the intersection of Thunderbird and 91st Avenue, a developer has purchased an 8.64-acre parcel of undeveloped space for a new medical office building.

The fuel station is going to be one of the latest in QuikTrip’s new, expanded stores known as Gen 3 locations.

The location at Thunderbird and Rio Vista will occupy 5,700SF, 700 more than the one currently across the street. Instead of one main entrance in front, the new store will have two entrances/exits on the front and each side – for a total of six – as well as a vendor entrance/exit in back.

The company expects to open the new store in late July or early August. The QT project is but one change planned for the area.

60KSF Medical Office Building

Less than a quarter mile west, a private commercial and medical real-estate developer announced last week it completed purchase from Yale Casitas, Inc., of a site it intends to transform into a medical office building.

The 8.64-acre parcel on the southeast corner of Thunderbird and 91st Avenue is eyed by Irgens Corp. for a 60SKF structure. In addition to a signalized intersection, the property can be accessed from both streets.

Irgens received approval in late 2014 from Peoria officials to rezone the property from a planned area development for senior multifamily residential use to a PAD allowing office/medical office uses. The exact number of suites has not been determined.