California businessman buys two more properties in The Heights


February 2019, Peoria Journal Star

Kim Blickenstaff, the California businessman turned local developer who drew a crowd to his December announcement of three major projects in Peoria Heights, has purchased two more high-profile commercial properties in the Village.

The medical industry entrepreneur has purchased the Pabst Building in the 4500 block of N. Prospect Road and has an agreement to buy the Save-A-Lot grocery store property a block away at 4425 N. Prospect. Early plans include a performing arts rehearsal space in the basement of the Pabst building, the reimagining of the old Pabst-era 33 Room supper club on the first floor and office space throughout the four-story building, Blickenstaff said Wednesday.

Pabst Brewery went out of business in Peoria Heights in 1982. Much of the complex has been demolished, leaving only the building at the corner of Prospect and Seiberling Avenue.

Early plans for the Save-A-Lot property include a new, locally-owned grocery store that would include elements of a year-round farmer’s market with locally grown and produced grocery items for sale, Blickenstaff said.