Granite City Revival

Discuss new retail, dining, business and residential projects in Southwestern Illinois, including East St. Louis, Belleville, O'Fallon and Edwardsville.
Nice piece in the Post about the new movie theater they built downtown and some renovation spin offs, including what looks to be a new microbrewery coming

http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/ ... 7039b.html
beer city wrote:
Nice piece in the Post about the new movie theater they built downtown and some renovation spin offs, including what looks to be a new microbrewery coming

http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/ ... 7039b.html


I've always envisioned a Metrolink/heavy-rail passenger line going to Edwardsville-SIUE/Glen Carbon via the McKinley Bridge with stops in Venice/Horseshoe Lake/Granite City/etc along the way. Of course, this linked up with a Northside line 'round about Florissant or Grand near Natural Bridge Road (maybe Fairground Park?).

I know an SIUE extension off the existing line probably makes the most sense economically, but I'd love to see the City lay the groundwork for a true regional transportation system converging in and around St. Louis' core and start tying in some of these oft-bypassed communities...like Granite City.

I still have fond memories of playing some midnight hockey at Granite City's ice rink in college. There may have been a couple of 12-packs sitting on the bench...
Couple of stories about historic renovations - or the possibility of in Granite -

The old Y is a great building - I am gald the city is serious about renovating it

http://www.stltoday.com/suburban-journa ... c7bbc.html

http://www.stltoday.com/suburban-journa ... bcad9.html
There's a general "Downtown Revival" going on throughout the metro east, which I'm very proud of. Collinsville, Edwardsville, Belleville, and Granite City are all taking part. I can't believe how amazing downtown Belleville looks now, but I have people telling me Collinsville looks better. I haven't been to Downtown Collinsville in awhile, but I'm sure it's a site to see. The Metro East use to be the truely urban suburbs of St Louis, before the city spread further west. After the mid 60's things went down hill. In the 2000's things started reversing, and the appreciation people had for their downtowns did too. I hope it continues!
Granite City - All-America City (1959) on Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TD_yeSfIOo
Nice article on Galen Gondolfi (of Fort Gondo) and his efforts with others to created an galleries and installations in old buildings in GC

http://www.bnd.com/living/magazine/article91344987.html