The Alton City Council Committee of the Whole has given preliminary approval to yet another piece of the puzzle that will become the Multi-Modal Transportation Center.  The city's Department of Development and Housing will submit a Letter of Interest to the Heartlands Conservancy in its quest for a Complete Street Plans Grant through the Illinois Department of Transportation in the amount of $20,000.

The city's match would not exceed $5,000.  The city's Director of Development and Housing, Greg Caffey, explains the desire to get the grant.

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He expects to submit the grant application by the end of the year, with the grant to be awarded sometime in the first quarter of 2014.  In other committee business, legal action that will lead to condemnation of several properties was begun.  In the cross-hairs are structures at 1501 Sparks, 1115 Milnor, 2517 Della, and 509 Goodfellow.  The full council meets tomorrow night at 7:30.

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