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Affordable Housing and New Business Developments on Springfield City Council’s Agenda

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Members of the Springfield City Council will meet Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. at historic Boonville City Hall. Many development projects are on the agenda, including new affordable housing and a coffee shop.

Affordable Housing in Springfield

A $300,000 low-interest loan for an affordable housing development in Springfield is on the cards and could be voted on Monday. The project is called Nordic Landing and it would be located at 810 West Catalpa Street. It’s just west of Grant Avenue and south of Grand Street.

Nordic Landing would have 41 units and a community space. Units would be designated for aging youth out of foster care and for people earning 60% of the area’s median income. Five of the units would be at market rate. City staff and loan committee members recommended loan approval to help fund the project. See the full text of the bill here.

New commercial and residential space north of Interstate 44

New residential and commercial developments may be coming just north of Springfield. Owners of private property at 3224 East Valley Water Mill Road have petitioned the city to annex 24 acres within the Springfield city limits. This area is just off Interstate 65 north of Interstate 44.

Under the proposed ordinance, the land would be annexed and rezoned to allow for new commercial and residential development. Citizens can speak on this issue and council members are not expected to vote Monday night.

Just west of this area, on Interstate 44 and Mulroy Road, a Buc-ees will be built. In January, the city council approved plans for the massive upcoming convenience store in Springfield.

More places to shop and eat in South Springfield

There could also be new stores, restaurants and housing in the 1436 East Erie Street area, which is just west of Fremont Avenue and north of Walnut Lawn. Members of City Council will discuss and hear public comment on the rezoning of the area on Monday evening. Learn more about the proposal here.

Cafe and pickleball courts offered along Grant Avenue Parkway

As Springfield’s Grant Avenue Parkway project continues its efforts to provide a scenic path between downtown and Wonders of Wildlife, a cafe wants to be built along the parkway.

The business would be called Loose Goose, and the owners asked council members to rezone an area at Grant Avenue and Grand Street so they could build a restaurant with outdoor space and pickleball courts. Learn more about the company’s plans in the order. City council members are not expected to vote on Monday.

In July, the city council voted against another cafe’s proposal to build a drive-thru business at another intersection in Springfield. 7 Brew’s application to build near Sunshine Street and Jefferson Avenue was denied due to traffic issues.

Springfield police want to increase Sunday staffing incentives

Springfield City Council members can vote on an ordinance that would give a time-and-a-half bonus to Springfield police officers who volunteer to cover certain Sunday shifts. Read about this proposed change here.

Time has passed to register to speak at Monday’s meeting. You can use the Citizen Feedback Form to share your thoughts with council members. Read the full agenda here.