A plan to tear down a large neighborhood in East Alton is making progress with the Defense Area Redevelopment Project ready to enter Phase 1.  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.

East Alton Mayor Fred Bright says this is a plan that is at least a decade in the making.  He says Phase 1 should start between late February and early March.

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The village has taken it upon itself to demolish a handful of houses in that area.  The demolition of homes will also mean more green space for Keasler Park.

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