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The City Department of Planning and Developing has proposed a plan to revitalize College Street from Grant Avenue to Kansas Expressway. The project evolved after eight public meetings, 500 volunteer hours and an online discussion. The Principal Planner for the City of Springfield, Vern Morgan, says that this stretch of College Street is a key component to the downtown area.
“With the plan, we set out to create an environment conducive to investor confidence. We would like to see investors feel confident to come in and re-develop this area and re-create its economic vitality,” said Morgan.
The plan includes private re-development, public improvements, and mixed use environments. Another part of the College Street plan is that some sections will be used for a live/work area. This includes building housing that is specifically for people who want to have a business out of their home. The plan also includes a public park on the corner of Fort and College.
The approval process for College Street begins in August, when upgrades in public facilities will, start pending the approval by City Council. These improvements include providing sewer main service to all properties, rehabilitating the “Art Wall,” and adding more connections from College Street to the downtown area by extending the allyway between Walnut Street and College Street connecting the exsisting ally to Broadway Avenue.
The City will present its plan July 17that Mothers Brewing Company from four to six p.m.
For KSMU news I’m Shannon Bowers.