As the redevelopment of the 55 acres along Homer Adams Parkway from golf course to mixed-use development continues, three ordinances were passed last night to keep the city on track with the state and federal government. The state is finishing its environmental assessment of the former Wadlow Golf Course and the proposed plan, and the city is trying to make sure it has its ducks in a row when word comes down if the site will be chosen as the site of a new train station.
More than just a train station, the property is being prepped for the construction of a new multi-modal transportation center than includes a high speed rail station and Madison County Transit bus station, and limited commercial and residential development. Alton Mayor Tom Hoechst says it has been a long and difficult process to get to this point.
Alderman Michael Velloff introduced a series of amendments he felt would address privacy and noise issues affecting the neighbors, but all were defeated. Hoechst said there is enough time to work with that they could be considered in the future.