ULI St. Louis - Urban Redevelopment Tour: Downtown Alton


Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
3:30pm - 6:30pm CDT


Jacoby Arts Center Will open in a new window 627 E Broadway Alton, IL 62002-6306 UNITED STATES
Following tours of Tower Grove Park neighborhoods, Grand Center, and Cherokee Street, we are shifting to Downtown Alton, Illinois – the historic waterfront city at the heart of the Southern Illinois RiverBend.


Standard Pricing Until June 10 Members Non-Members
Private $25.00 $35.00
Public/Academic/Nonprofit $15.00 $35.00
Retired $15.00 N/A
Student $15.00 $35.00
Under Age 35 $15.00 $35.00
Across the country, cities are renewing their focus on historic downtowns – reimaging them as great places to work, play, live and shop – and Alton’s turn-of-the-century riverfront streetscape and renewal is a perfect local example.
An area once emblematic of inner-city divestment, Downtown Alton is experiencing an urban renaissance a decade in the making. The downtown is back, and back with a vengeance, thanks in part to Small Business Revolution — Main Street, a 2018 Hulu program.
This public focus, combined with significant private investments (John and Jayne Simmons alone are committing $75 million to building development and renovation), have helped put Alton back on the map.
Small Business Revolution — Main Street hosts Amanda Brinkman and Ty Pennington had this to say about Alton: "I've been to a lot of towns across America, and Alton was one of those gems... Look at the history, look at how connected it is to the Mississippi.""There's this pendulum swing. You see millennials with young families wanting to move to these communities where you know your neighbors, when you go to the business down the street, and you know the proprietor."
3:30 pm Tour Begins, Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway

The approximately 2-hour walking tour will start at Jacoby Arts Center and travel west along Broadway, viewing and touring the following renovated buildings and those still under construction: 
 Jacoby Arts Center
  Hotel Stratford
 OSF Saint Anthony's Hospital  Grand Theatre
 Wedge Bank
  Post Commons
 LuciAnna's Pastries
  YMCA Building
 Crown Vision Center
 Frew's Bridal
 Steve's Antiques  Riverbender.com
 1904 General Store / Brown Bag Bistro
  Former Underground
 Mineral Springs Mall
  Solera Wines
 Cracker Factory Great Rivers Lodging  Firehouse Bar
 Mississippi Landing Lofts
  Former Winters Heating and Cooling
 Former Telegraph
  Masonic Temple
 My Just Desserts
  Simmons Hanly Conroy
Developers and community leaders will showcase their own successes and identify opportunities for additional development in the neighborhood, including the planned improvements made possible through John and Jayne Simmons’ investment in the area.

A complimentary shuttle will take participants back to the Jacoby Arts Center at the end of the tour.

6:00 pm  Post-tour Reception, Rooftop at Simmons Hanly Conroy, 1 Court Street

Space is limited.

Jacoby Arts Center 627 E Broadway Alton, IL 62002-6306 UNITED STATES

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