The major organizations and landowners in the “Boonville Corridor” of Springfield met to discuss improvements in that section of the city and potential future partnerships to benefit the community.
The meeting, held at the headquarters of the Assemblies of God, included representatives from the city & county, several Universities, Springfield Public Schools, and others.
Several items related to ongoing operations within the area were praised for their successes, such as the organizations in that area getting employees to live in the nearby Grant Beach neighborhood, and encouraging the continuation of such programs. Central Assembly discussed some of their plans for their 100th anniversary celebration this year, with the church first opening their doors on July 1, 1920.
CoxHealth said the renovations to Cox College are continuing with “minimal weather related delays” and that they anticipate their expanded operations will allow them to graduate 400 nurses a year. They anticipate a spring launch if they do not suffer any weather related delays in construction.
Greene County officials discussed their rental of space within the Cox Medical Tower and said a goal is to “get all of Greene County back on Greene County’s campus.” They said space for the County within their campus is currently at a premium with some employees forced to use closets as their offices.
One potential option to bring County offices back onto the campus would be to turn the current Greene County Jail into office space when the new jail is finished, which was estimated to be in two years.
Ozarks Technical Community College announced the location of their Center for Advanced Manufacturing will be at the corner of National and Chestnut Expressway, replacing a parking area. The Center, which will be one of the first in the state, will be half student educational area and half business incubator area. They anticipate the building to be approximately 130,000 square feet.
Among the challenges discussed by the stakeholders at the meeting was the lack of available parking in the area, especially near some parts of the Greene County campus. Issues with drainage and street flooding were also discussed.
The Forward SGF comprehensive planning process was discussed in terms of “beautification of key corridors” being a part of that discussion. Drury’s purchase of a former gas station location along Chestnut Expressway that is currently an empty lot was mentioned as a place where beautification of the corridor could be a focus.