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Rezoned Land Opens Door for VA Clinic in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Rezoned land could help make a VA clinic in Springfield a reality.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Rezoned land could help make a VA clinic in Springfield a reality.

Monday night, city council members amended a bill that opens up some land for development.

Council voted to rezone the back ten acres of a 20 acre lot south of Republic Road and Kansas Expressway.

It's now zoned commercial instead of residential.

One of the possible uses could be a VA clinic.

However, many of property owners near the land did not want the rezoning.

They're worried about flooding from increased storm water runoff, if all that land is paved.

So, before the council voted, they amended the bill to require 30 percent green space on the land when the full 20 acres are developed.

Now that the rezoning is approved, three developers will begin making bids to the VA.

That lot is one of a couple possible sites for the clinic in Springfield.

"I'm confident there will be a VA clinic within the next couple of years and I'd say that is a good and viable site and it has a high probability of being the site," said Geoffrey Butler, architect in charge of zoning for the project.

The VA clinic is estimated to be opening by 2016, but that is not set in stone.

Also tonight the council approved money for new sidewalks.

Those will be on Glenstone between Battlefield and Walnut and on Sunshine from Glenstone to I-65.
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