SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Springfield’s Planning & Zoning Commission approved a rezoning request on July 16 of a planned development on four acres at 3535 S. Lone Pine Ave. Seven voted in favor, one voted against.
Jake Messer has lived in the Galloway neighborhood for a year and a half and says he loves the nature aspect of where he lives.
“Being able to see deer in my backyard is not like any other place in Springfield,” said Messer. “So being able to have that nature aspect is really important to me.”
Messer says he opposes some trees being cut down at 3535 S. Lone Pine.
“I’m not really against development, but I’m against development that puts profit over people,” said Messer. “So, for me, it’s important to have development that relates to the area, but is also sustainable and I’m not sure that this exactly does that.”
The new development would be on a four-acre property across the street from Sequiota Park.
“Although they are relatively dilapidated and take up some primary real estate on the property, We’ve listened, we’ve pivoted and we’ve agreed to incorporate those existing buildings into the master plan,” said Ryan Phillips, a project architect in H Design Group.
Elevation Development Co. is planning a mixed-use development that would include retail, office, restaurant space and two multifamily buildings. H Design is the project architect.
Mitch Jenkins, developer at Elevation Development Company, released a statement about the project:
“We have worked extensively with the neighborhood, city staff and the City’s quality of place director to ensure that the development fits within the existing fabric of Galloway and that it will be an asset to the neighborhood and city of Springfield. Galloway is already a destination and continued development will only increase street improvements, like street widening and the addition of sidewalks, that will continue to benefit the community as a whole and enhance the pedestrian experience”Mitch Jenkins
“Regarding the village feel, we feel we have provided an aesthetic that builds upon the Galloway area vernacular,” said Phillips.
Messer and others will get a chance to share their opinion with the City Council on August 10.