SPRINGFIELD, Mo- Residents in the Phelps Grove Neighborhood in Springfield took to city council Monday night to voice their concerns about new developments coming to their area.
“Being involved in Tree City USA, I watched those historic trees being removed. You can replace a building in a few weeks, months, but trees take years to grow and two of those walnuts were over 100 years old,” said Mindy Spitz.
“I’ve been caught in this storm and tried to do everything above board. I mean every bit of it…..”you can imagine how emotional I am about this,” said Mark Hunter.
These reactions stem from a developer purchasing land on S. Maryland St.
He says he was approved to build there by the city. But shortly after he was approved and cleared the land, the neighborhood voted to deny any new development in this area.
It’s under a 180-day development administration delay, while the city and neighborhood work on its neighborhood plan.
On Monday, the developer appealed the administrative delay so he can build four single-family homes there.
Council voted unanimously to deny that appeal.
Whether the project will be able to move forward will ultimately be up to the city council.