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Lansdowne UP breaks ground on new 20-home subdivision in East St. Louis

Lansdowne UP hosted a special ribbon-cutting ceremony in mid-November to celebrate the construction of 20 new homes that will transform a once-blighted East St. Louis neighborhood.

Lansdowne UP hosted a ribbon-cutting and groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 14, 2022, celebrating the construction of 20 new homes. An area once full of trash and overgrowth located near 25th Street and Gross Avenue is being transformed by Plocher Construction into a subdivision that will provide market-rate housing options to the community. 

The subdivision is located minutes from downtown St. Louis, less than a mile from the Jackie Joyner Kersee (JJK) Center and near the new Illinois State Police District 11 headquarters. 

The three-bedroom homes, designed by Hurford Architects, range from 1,604 to 1,872 square feet and will be ready for occupancy in 2023. The houses are priced up to the mid $300,000s and are designed to attract both former and new community residents searching for better housing options in the city of East St. Louis.

The area has undergone a significant transformation in the last few years thanks to Lansdowne UP, a local faith-led nonprofit organization established with the mission to transform Lansdowne, East St. Louis, into a thriving neighborhood — one person, one property, at a time. Lansdowne UP hopes to build avenues that help shine a bright light on the beauty of the community. 

“This development project is designed to pour energy and life into the neighborhood, with the potential to spark revitalization in East St. Louis,” said Kevin Green, director of administration for Lansdowne UP and an East St. Louis resident.

This project is just one of the many steps their team has taken to change the spiritual and economic future of this community. The organization has labored over the last eight years alongside ‘incredible neighborhood champions.’ From abandoned property cleanup to employment opportunities, Lansdowne UP aims to support the revival and revitalization of the Lansdowne neighborhood and the City of East St. Louis.

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: This story also appears in the December 2022 print edition of the Illinois Business Journal.)

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