The Eastgate Plaza shopping center is deteriorating, but not to the point that the decline is irreversible, according to a Village official. East Alton village trustees voted to condemn portions of the shopping center this week. Two signs and a pair of wood frame additions at the rear of the building are not salvageable, according to East Alton Code Enforcement Officer Roger Werts.
He says the hope is that the owners will perform the necessary work following the Village Board’s action.
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Werts says there is some evidence that the roof needs repairs, but to say the end is near for the plaza is too big of a leap to take at this point. Julia’s Banquet Center, Dollar General and a medical company are the only remaining businesses at the center.