A team of experts is quickly moving forward on a plan to spend $75 million or more to transform Alton’s downtown core into a commercial, residential, and recreational community of the future.

Bolstered by the financial commitment of local benefactors John and Jayne Simmons, a group formed by Simmons and known as AltonWorks is working on plans and enlisting the community’s input on potential uses for the 40 or so properties that the couple has quietly acquired in the last year and a half.

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