The redevelopment of the Defense Area in East Alton continues, with about 44 new homes already occupied, and the mayor looking for ways to expand the project.  This is a multi-phase development, and excitement continues to build amongst city officials, the contractor doing the work, and prospective homeowners.

The home-ownership part of the plan is similar to a redevelopment that has been happening in parts of Alton.  East Alton Mayor Fred Bright tells The Big Z the current phase will bring the total number of completed homes to 48.

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Bright says they are working with the developer to secure funding from the Illinois Department of Housing to go across to the east side of Wood River Avenue and build even more new homes.  The federal government originally built the homes during World War II for people coming to the area working at the defense-related industries. 


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