The redevelopment of the Defense area in East Alton is on hold, but the village would like to see it continue. Phase 1 has wrapped up with the creation of several new affordable housing units, and the village is soon expected to secure a developer to continue the facelift of that area.
East Alton Mayor Joe Silkwood tells The Big Z a resolution on this week's village board agenda laying out those parameters was not addressed, and will have to come back at a later date.
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The Defense area takes up a large portion of the center of town, bordered by the library and the Middle School on the south along 3rd Street, and the Wilshire Village Shopping Center to the north.