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Barbara Lucks
City of Springfield

The head of the City of Springfield’s Sustainability Division has resigned.  Barbara Lucks, who has been with the city for 22 years and was its first sustainability officer, is leaving to work full time as a private consultant.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

You’ll have another chance to tell City of Springfield staff how revenue from the Commercial Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Plan should be spent.

Springfield’s Economic Development office will host a second public input meeting tomorrow night (9/8) from 5:30 to 7:30.  During the meeting, staff will discuss results of the Reverse-Angle Parking Pilot study and give an update on the status of the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge structural evaluation.

The meeting will take place at White River Brewing Co., 505 W. Commercial Street. 

Michele Skalicky

Ground has been broken for the Route 66 Plaza and Streetscape project on College Street.  An area from Broadway and College west to the Route 66 Roadside Park will see improvements over the next several months.

The approximately $1.1 million project will include a new pedestrian plaza, crosswalks, ADA-compliant sidewalks, landscaping, decorative street lighting, utility improvements and on-street parking.  Funds are being raised for a lighted clock tower for the area.

City of Springfield

The City of Springfield is getting ready for the Route 66 Festival.  It starts Friday and runs through Sunday (8/12-8/14) throughout downtown.

The event will feature classic car and motorcycle shows, concerts, parades, an ice cream social, drive-in movie, a poker run and a 6.6 mile run/walk.  There will also be Route 66 authors, artists, collectors and associations displaying and selling their wares.

The Route 66 Festival started in 2010 as a small car show hosted by the West Central Neighborhood Alliance.

Commercial St.
Michele Skalicky / KSMU

The public is invited to have a say in how revenue from the Commercial Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Plan will be used.

The City of Springfield will host a series of public input meetings beginning later this month about how to spend the more than half a million dollars.

Potential public improvement projects that are being considered include: