Alton City HallNot everyone in Alton is sold on the idea of turning the former Great Central Lumber Company into a hotel and convention center.  A large group of citizens with concerns about the plan attended the Committee of the Whole meeting last night, and one speaker verbally sparred with an alderman following the time she was given to speak. 

Former Aldermanic candidate Monica Mason stated several concerns, including the timing of building a hotel without the city being, as she calls it, a “destination.”  That prompted this exchange with Alderman Jim Ryan, who accused Mason of feeling negative about the community.

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The Alton City Council is expected to officially approve an agreement with a developer at its meeting tonight after unanimous approval in committee.  There is an indication that part of the process moving forward will include an opportunity for public input on the project. 

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