For the last ten to twelve years, leaders in East Alton have planned for the day the part of town known as the Defense Area would be redeveloped. A number of the homes have already been demolished, streets have been straightened, and the work is underway to build new single-family houses and duplexes that will be owner-occupied.
East Alton Mayor Fred Bright says the home-ownership part of the plan is similar to a redevelopment that has been happening in parts of Alton.
The Defense Area is basically 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. A dedication ceremony will be held on October 1 at 10am at the park behind the Keasler Recreation Complex.