Two properties in the heart of downtown of Peru that were once a hub for criminal activity are taking a new path.
Folks with Passini’s Wood Fired Pizza have announced they plan to open a restaurant at 1830 4th Street. It’s the corner property southeast of city hall in Peru that Police Chief Doug Bernabei once called “a burden and the worst property in the city” before tenants were forced out. The city bought the property for $70,000 and eventually sold it to developer Gary Hammers.
To the west of the future pizza place is a still under construction parking lot. The city bought that property for $145,000 and tore a rundown building down so a parking lot could be built. That property directly south of city hall also had frequent police visits.