The Eastgate Plaza shopping center is deteriorating, but East Alton's mayor hopes a buyer will step forward to purchase the property and rehab it.  Joe Silkwood says the current owners - a California company - have recently put a price tag of $1.5-million on the property.

Silkwood tells The Big Z that is a big step.

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A couple of years ago East Alton village trustees voted to condemn portions of the shopping center.  Two signs and a pair of wood frame additions at the rear of the building were demolished as a result.  Julia’s Banquet Center, Dollar General and Eastgate Cinema are the only remaining businesses at the center.


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