KDB Group helps rebuild vibrant and walkable communities. Our intent with every project is to:


Listen to the local community.

Collaborate on canvas and vision.

Preserve character and essence.

Create more opportunities for families to live, work, shop, stay and play.

Enhance indoor and outdoor spaces with local resources.

Honor local history and animate streets and neighborhoods.


KDB Group News & Press

Historical character and elegance through adaptive reuse


The Betty Jayne is a new community performing arts venue in Peoria Heights, Illinois. Play the video below to learn more about this new cultural hub that opened in August 2019 in the heart of the Heights.









Learn more at thebettyjayne.com

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A boutique hotel experience in the heart of the Heights


In early May 2019, we broke ground at Prospect Mall in Peoria Heights, Illinois, and began a new chapter for this gorgeous piece of history and architecture. Over the next year the mall will transform into The Atrium, a boutique hotel that uses the intent of Richard L. Doyle's (RLD's) original unbuilt mall structure to guide new development.

Thanks to our talented team of architects (Living Places Design Studio LLC + Farnsworth Group) and builders (CORE Construction), the existing structure and design by RLD will be maintained while the architecture enhances, interacts with and animates this beautiful Village of Peoria Heights neighborhood and its streets. 

Play the video below to learn more.


We are currently accepting requests for commercial / retail tenants. Please use the form below for more information.

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A sustainable, mixed-use enhancement of Prospect Avenue offering space for retail, commercial and residential use


With Grayboy Plaza, KDB will implement sustainable strategies and systems for a mixed use space: one that respects and draws formal inspiration from adjacent historical fabric and fuses with contemporary ideologies.

The design will create a physical and visual connection that frames Trefzger’s Bakery with a plaza/public greenway.

The property will feature urban green spaces at street/ground level as well as rooftop terraces with parking and service behind. A visual, physical break between living units on the second floor will create visual “corridors”.


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Interested in leasing commercial, retail or residential space?

Get in touch below.

A historical landmark, re-envisioned for modern day


Premier-Pabst Corp., later Pabst Brewing Co., was established in 1844 in Milwaukee. Pabst later bought out Premier Malt Products in 1934, and with it the still existing plant in Peoria Heights.

The Heights brewery boomed in the 20-year period from 1958-78, producing as many as 18 million barrels of beer in 1977 before closing in 1982.

The Pabst Brewing Company, then the nation's fourth-largest brewery, closed its Peoria Heights brewery in early January 1982. The plant employed more than 700 people at the time, and the Heights brewery shuttering was another blow among many the Peoria area sustained, in terms of lost manufacturing jobs.

Pabst’s local presence inspired brand loyalty; the brand once commandeered at least 60-70 percent of the retail beer market in Peoria.


KDB Group's top priority with the Pabst Campus is to highlight, restore and honor the community’s Pabst heritage and history with sustainable development that helps to build and grow the Village of Peoria Heights.

Commercial office space is now available in the main Pabst building.

Please get in touch below to request a leasing application.


A majestic historical masterpiece, preserved and restored as Central Illinois’ premier venue for theater, music, dance, film and the most cherished of celebrations


The Scottish Rite Theatre is a Central Illinois landmark constructed in 1925. Complete with flying buttresses, stunning stained glass windows, custom wood craftsmanship of the kind that is all too rare today, terrazzo flooring, a massive pipe organ that is original to the building, a working theater with majestic acoustics, and green gargoyles peering out over the Illinois River valley, it is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The building has more than 10,000 square feet of useable space, theater seating for 900, a full basement kitchen and banquet facility, and parking for more than 130 vehicles. It rests at the corner of Spalding and Perry, at the foot of Peoria’s OSF HealthCare St. Francis Medical Center and a growing medical district.

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With the intent to rebuild and grow the performing arts culture in downtown Peoria (for people of all ages and backgrounds), KDB Group will ensure the impressive architecture, artistry, craft and beauty of the Scottish Rite Cathedral is preserved and maintained with the utmost respect and reverence.

Now booking private events for Fall 2019 through 2020. Get in touch below for details.