Emerald Ridge Groundbreaking Ceremony-Partnership in Action

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled on February 10, 2014 for Emerald Ridge (formerly the East Alton Defense Area Redevelopment).

In partnership with SWIDA (Southwestern Illinois Development Authority), Madison County, and the Village of East Alton, Rise will develop 46 new single-family homes in East Alton, Illinois.  The site will consist of 34 single-story and 12 two-story single-family detached homes.  The redevelopment will replace 91 obsolete housing units in the area and the majority of the new homes will be occupied by existing neighborhood residents.  This project is currently in its pre-construction phase and is expected to be completed in early 2015.

The ceremony will be hosted by the Village of East Alton and will begin at 10:00 a.m.

309-319 Ohio Ave.

East Alton, IL  62024

(across from the  parking lot entrance to the Keasler Recreation Complex)

There will be a photo gallery featuring pictures of the defense area as it is and renderings of the finished development.

Complying with the nationally-renowned Enterprise Green Communities program, homes will be built to meet or exceed Energy Star 3.0 standards, ensuring well-built, well-insulated, high performance homes. Five homes are designed to be fully accessible according the DOJ 2010 standards – the latest Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Resident utility bills will be reduced by measures like increased insulation, Energy Star appliances and lighting, low-flow fixtures, highly reflective roofing, and high-efficiency mechanical systems.

Proposed homes will be affordable to families earning 60% of the Area Median Income (exact income varies by family size).  Nearly two-thirds – 63% – of the East Alton population would be eligible for these homes.

We expect residents of the new homes to include but not limited to:

  • Ÿ  Teachers
  • Ÿ  Health care workers
  • Ÿ  Retail workers
  • Ÿ  Village of East Alton/County workers

For more information on the development please contact Mark Stroker at 314-333-7005 or [email protected] and for more information on the groundbreaking ceremony please contact Larry Perlmutter at 314-333-7008 or [email protected].