- Established in 1825 and features a vintage downtown square included as a part of the Original Town in 1839. The square features distinctive shops and cafes that surround a one-third acre park and water fountain at the center of the square.
- Located just 8 miles east of Peoria, Washington lies on U.S. Route 24 and is within close proximity to Interstates I-74, I-155, and I-39.
- Has a rapidly growing population of 15,134 persons with an estimated local trade area population of more than 100,000 within a 15-minute drive time. The trade area median age is 35.3 years and average household size is 2.5 persons.
- The median household income in Washington is $61,583.
- In the last ten years, Washington saw more new residential development than any othercommunity in Tazewell County with more than 1,500 units under construction.
- Offers a choice of established, older neighborhoods and new, modern subdivisions throughout the city. The average sale price of a new or existing home in Washington is $152,000, and the average construction value of a new home is $259,000.
- Prides itself on a high quality of life due to excellent schools, quality public services, self-supporting amenities, safe and friendly atmosphere, and small-town charm.
- Offers City-owned public water and sewer systems, 24-hour police, fire, and emergency response (911), and other local amenities, such as the library and park districts.
- Enjoys many active local organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Commission, Rotary International, Kiwanis, Lions Club, multiple business and neighborhood associations, and more.
SOME FACTS AND NOTES ABOUT WASHINGTON:
- A Downtown Square tax increment financing (TIF) district offers renovation and improvement subsidies.
- A citywide Enterprise Zone offering 100% property tax abatement through 2016, plus sales tax waivers, tax credits, and other incentives.
- Existing retail and business spaces are available in multiple shopping centers and plazas throughout town. Dozens of acres of developable commercial property with full public utilities are also available.
- A 50% reduction of all building and zoning fees, and utility connection fees, for properties in the Enterprise Zone.
- No public site plan review process – most development plans for new commercial construction is reviewed internally by City staff with a quick turnaround time.