GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) - Granite City was already dealing with vacant buildings and other downtown deterioration in 2004, when the YMCA moved out of a landmark four-story brick building on Edison Avenue. Since that time, government officials, business people and community leaders have been working to turn things around. Their efforts got a big boost this summer, the Belleville News-Democrat reports. A nonprofit development organization has completed a $11 million renovation on the old YMCA building, turning it into an apartment complex for artists, veterans and others with incomes at or below 60 percent of the region's median. Tenants are now moving into its 37 units. '?When it was a YMCA, I came here swimming,' said Randy Carter, 66, a retired...
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Historic YMCA turned into artsy apartments in Granite City