SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–For 25 years, businesses on C-Street have been fighting for the city of Springfield to purchase Frisco Lane. Monday night, council members made it a reality.
Frisco Lane is an alleyway located north of Commercial Street between Campbell and Benton Streets.
This property was originally owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.
Because of that, businesses say there were limitations for their establishments.
Now with the city’s purchase, this rolls out new opportunities for them.
“Opens up a world of possibilities.”
Optimism expressed by Big Mommas’s Manager, Joe Terry now that Frisco Lane is city owned property.
“You might be able to put a little patio out there or increase parking,” says Terry.
Before the city bought Frisco Lane, businesses were limited to only using the front of their establishments. Now Ms. Gilmore’s Tea Room Owner, Robin Gilmore has more options.
“It opens up our back and we’ll be able to put up like 120 more parking spaces in the back,” says Gilmore.
The 67,000 square foot city purchase also means that businesses like Mary Collette’s won’t have to worry about anymore flooding.
“The railroad owns back here, it’s all just flat, there’s no storm water features. We have had flooding issues,” says Collete.
And safety concerns around the tracks
“You shouldn’t be able to just walk across so a fence will be one of the items that will be constructed,” says Collete.
It’ll take a team effort to get the redevelopment done; something that will be made easier by working with the city.
“Just going to be so much more pleasant than working with the railroad,” says Collette.
The city will pay for the project using about $708,000 in Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway credits, over $260,000 from Commercial Street tax increment funds, and about $27,000 from the 1/8th cent transportation sales tax.
There will be a public meeting on Wednesday at 5:30 at White River Brewing to discuss ways to redevelop the Frisco Lane property.