More investment is coming into the Warehouse District due to continued collaboration among community leaders.  Representative Spain recognized the large investment of Cullinan Properties and Diane and Doug Oberhelman into a new project which is expected to be a catalyst for future redevelopment activity downtown.

The project, First Ascent Peoria, will be located at 927 SW Washington St in the former Hagerty Brothers Co building originally built in the 1920s. First Ascent Peoria is a climbing facility and health club. The first of its kind in the area, First Ascent will offer a world class climbing gym with over 10,000 square feet of top rope and lead climbing terrain and over 3,000 square feet of bouldering terrain. Fitness enthusiasts will also enjoy the facility’s yoga studio with 20 yoga classes per week and top-notch fitness equipment.  First Ascent Peoria is scheduled to open the first quarter of 2019.

State Representative Ryan Spain appreciates the Oberhelman’s and Cullinan Properties investing the needed capital for this project, as they, “support Peoria’s Warehouse District and look forward to its continued growth,” said Spain.

“Capital investments like this are critical for innovative projects to move forward.  I want to thank the owners of First Ascent Peoria, and Cullinan Properties and the Oberhelman’s for helping to bring their vision to fruition.  This development will continue to attract young professionals to our downtown core, as well as fostering a happier, healthier community,” Spain continued.

Recognizing the meaningful impact agriculture has on our State, National, and Global competitiveness, the Illinois Farm Bureau recognizes legislators with a strong voting record in favor of the industry.  This week, Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) was among the organization’s honorees for his pro-agriculture voting record during his first term in the Illinois House of Representatives.

“I am honored to be recognized by the Illinois Farm Bureau for my voting record in support of agriculture.  As a legislator who did not grow up on a family farm, I am so grateful for the warm welcome and helpful education provided by our local and state farm bureau leaders.  Farm Bureau members are dedicated advocates who effectively communicate the issues important to their families,” said Rep. Ryan Spain.   

Spain was awarded the Friend of Agriculture Award by Peoria County Farm Bureau Member Fred Carroll and Peoria County Farm Bureau Manager Patrick Kirchofer on October 16 in rural Kickapoo.  

“Illinois farmers feed the world and generate enormous impact for our local economy,” said Rep. Spain.  “The Farm Bureau does a great job with programs like ‘Ag in the Classroom’ to make sure consumers understand where their food comes from and the work that goes into creating it.”

“As a strong advocate for farmers, I am pleased to work tirelessly with legislators on both sides of the aisle to stress the importance of agriculture in our economy,” said Spain, who represents portions of Peoria, Woodford, Marshall, Stark, Bureau, and LaSalle counties in the Illinois House.