SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Developers want to build on the southeast corner of Kansas Expressway and Kearney Street. An application has been proposed to rezone half of the property which is now residential.
James Tillman is one of the owners of half of the property on the block, where Brown Derby is. After purchasing the southern half, which is currently residential, they’d like to rezone the entire block.
“Our goal is to tear down every home and have a 5-acre retail center,” Tillman said.
Right now the property is split, on one side it’s zoned as highway commercial. The other it’s residential. If the application goes through and council approves it, the entire property will then be highway commercial.
Daniel Neal, a senior planner with the City of Springfield, says retail development on that block is something the city would get behind.
“Combine that area together into one to make it more marketable,” he said.
A meeting was held this week to inform neighbors of the plans.
“We had no opposition from the community,” Tillman said.
Tillman says most houses were rental properties.
“I don’t think there was a lot of emotional attachment to the homes, it was just investment property,” he said.
One neighbor says he lives on the next block over and thinks more development in the area is a good idea.
“It might increase a little bit of traffic flow, but I think it will be fine,” said Justin Booth. “I hope it kind of brings up the value of the neighborhood.”
Neighbors know what they’d like to see in this area.
“Maybe a nicer sit-down restaurant over here,” Booth said. “It’d be nice to have an Aldi’s on this side of town.”
But Tillman says it’s too early to tell.
“There’s a lot of things that’s gotta happen through the council,” he said.
He’s been considering a convenience store, a coffee shop, and a sit-down restaurant, but says residents won’t know for sure until next year.
The Planning and Development Department hasn’t yet finished their formal recommendation on this project. The Planning and Zoning Commission will go over it on Nov. 16, and it will go to City Council on Dec. 11.