Residents of the area that surrounds the former Robert Wadlow Municipal Golf Course packed into the city council chambers to bring their concerns about the possible development of a multi-modal transportation center before the Alton Plan Commission last night. Local resident Nicole Garner raised issues about security, noise, pollution and how the design of the station would fit with the surrounding community. Garner also raised one question that city officials didn't have an answer for.
Other residents acknowledged those concerns but urged city officials to move along with the process, saying that few municipalities get an opportunity like this.
No action was taken following the two hour hearing and city officials plan for similar sessions in the future. The proposed plan calls for a new four-lane road to replace Golf Road an improved interchange between that new road and Homer Adams Parkway, a multi-modal transportation center comprised of a high speed rail and Madison County Transit bus station, and limited commercial and residential development.