ULI St. Louis - Urban Redevelopment Tour: Downtown Alton


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

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    Jacoby Arts Center 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.