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Walking Tour of Downtown Springfield


Springfield City Council got a firsthand look at new businesses in the downtown area. KSMU's Missy Shelton has more on the downtown walking tour.

PROGRESS REPORT ON DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION GAVE COUNCIL MEMBERS A FIRSTHAND LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CENTER CITY.

THE CITY'S PLANNING DIRECTOR FRED MAY LED COUNCIL MEMBERS AND DOWNTOWN ADVOCATES DOWN SEVERAL STREETS, TAKING TIME TO SHARE SOME SUCCESS STORIES.

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MAY TOUTED THE CITY'S LOAN PROGRAM, WHICH HE SAYS HAS HELPED BRING PRIVATE DOLLARS TO DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD.

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IN ADDITION TO THESE LOANS, MAY SAYS THE CITY HAS ISSUES 30 LOANS TO HELP RESTORE RUNDOWN FACADES.

ALL THIS REVITALIZATION HAS BROUGHT MORE PEOPLE DOWNTOWN'AND THAT'S INCREASED DEMAND FOR PARKING.

MAY SAYS THERE'S AMPLE PARKING'IF PEOPLE KNOW WHERE TO LOOK.

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SOME OF THE NEWER DEVELOPMENT IN DOWNTOWN HAS BEEN RESIDENTIAL.

MAY SAYS AS THE CENTER CITY GROWS, IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE PEOPLE LIVING THERE.

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THE INCREASE IN PEOPLE LIVING DOWNTOWN ALREADY HAS LED TO THE OPENING OF ONE NEW BUSINESS.

DONNA O'CONNELL AND HER HUSBAND OPENED O'CONNELL'S CENTER CITY GROCERY AT THE END OF JUNE.

SHE SAYS SO FAR, BUSINESS HAS BEEN GOOD'AND SHE'S HOPING TO ENTICE FOLKS WHO DON'T LIVE IN DOWNTOWN TO STOP IN FOR SOME SPECIALTY ITEMS.

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MAY SAYS HE EXPECTS SPRINGFIELD'S DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION EFFORTS TO CONTINUE TO ATTRACT NEW BUSINESSES.

HE SAYS HAVING A VIBRANT DOWNTOWN IS CRUCIAL TO THE CITY.

FRED4A :35

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