SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Downtown Springfield may get a makeover within the next year. Local businesses workers, like Patty Gorman, are hearing the buzz about this redevelopment project proposed for downtown Springfield. "we just found out today," said Gorman.
The Brewery District Lofts Redevelopment Corporation is requesting redevelopment on an acre of land. It's along the north side of West Walnut Street between South Market Avenue and South Maine Avenue.
The planning and zoning commission met tonight to consider the "Brewery District Lofts Redevelopment." the goal is to revitalize and attract crowds downtown. If approved, the project would get rid of unsightly sights, and bring a fresh look. "it will definitely be an improvement in this area," adds Matt Schaefer, Springfield Planning and Zoning Commission Senior Planner.
The area is currently occupied by five vacant buildings. They were most recently used as Menzies auto painting and body, Rincon Latino Mexican restaurant, and Dodson-Williams auto body. "it's been kind of an eye sore for the neighborhood for a long time," says Gorman.
"The developer is planning on demolishing these structures in this area and constructing a three story mixed use residential building," explains Schaefer. They hope to transform 11,350 square feet on the first floor into office, retail, restaurant or banquet space. 27,930 square feet on the second and third floors are proposed to be twenty eight loft apartments. These will range from studios to three bedroom apartments. Two of the buildings included in this project will be restored and rehabilitated rather than torn down. 521 West McDaniel street would be used by the Springfield Brewing Company. 507 West Walnut Street would be used as a distillery.
"It's gonna be great to have something over there that really looks good it will increase the property value for everyone around here," says Gorman.
If all goes according to plan, the developer will begin construction in early November. The project will be complete by July 2014.