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Realtors help beautify transit district station in East St. Louis

  Members of the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois Leadership Learning Institute, Board of Directors, and Community Involvement Task Force joined forces with St. Clair County Transit District and AARP in St. Louis, to help Citizens for Modern Transit with a transit stop transformation project at the Emerson Park Metro-Link Station in East St. Louis.

The National Association of Realtors donated $4,500 to the beautification project while Realtor Association donated $1,000. Numerous members of the Realtor Association also spent several hours helping to put the final touches on the station, including landscaping and cleaning up the area.

Celeste Wheeler, president of the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois. “As an Association of Realtors and affiliate members, we not only work in this community, but we live here too. Being able to see our work and funding firsthand for years to come means a lot to our members. We appreciate all the hard work organizations like the Citizens for Modern Transit do to help people in our community.”

The project transformed the concrete area between the bus bays and MetroLink entrance into an interactive, playful, engaging space that gives a nod to the history of music in East St. Louis and makes it part of the fabric of the community. In addition, a mural on the pedestrian overpass depicts the historic importance of music in East St. Louis. To learn more about the Citizens for Modern Transit, please visit their website at

Throughout 2020, the Realtor Association helped the following organizations: REALTOR® Relief Fund, Heartlands Conservancy, Caritas Family Solutions, The Griffin Center, and the Community Interfaith Food Pantry.

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