UPDATE 9/23: The University Heights Neighborhood Association issued a statement on Sept. 23, saying members oppose rezoning the properties at National Avenue and Sunshine Street to “general retail.”

The statement went on to say the association wants to maintain its vision to be a historic neighborhood and that it is willing to work with developers and respects the city’s process.

In the statement, the UHNA also seeks to distance its efforts from a few people who have “taken the spotlight, reflecting poorly on the neighborhood.”

Read the full statement in the document below:

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- The ongoing back and forth between members of University Heights and developers continues in Springfield.

Less than a week ago, wrecking permits were filed for four properties at the center of a debate at National and Sunshine.

A lot of the neighbors are split on what they think should happen to the properties. But traffic and the historical value of the specific homes in question are the main themes in this debate. It is the latest in a series of back and forth between developers and neighbors of University Heights.

Many neighbors say traffic is a big concern, and they are worried drivers fed up with the busy intersection will use University Street to bypass the stoplights.

Ozarks First spoke with the developer Ralph Duda III off camera and he said that he is trying to work with neighbors on something that everyone can enjoy. He says his efforts behind this were to take a building that had been empty for years and turn it into something people would like.

The president of the neighborhood association says the next step is a meeting with the city next month to discuss rezoning at this site.