Success Stories and Notable Announcements
Vacant Brownfield Heads Toward LEED, Mixed-use Goal
Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, 213 W. Olive consists of 36,000 square feet currently undergoing redevelopment to transform this vacant brownfield into a functional mixed use development. Plans are for 21 lofts and up to 1500 square feet of first floor retail space. The developer plans to achieve LEED certification.
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Abandoned Lot Becomes Site for Affordable Housing
In 2005, a single-family dwelling burned at 1119 N. Grant Street in Springfield, MO. The lot remained vacant until the current owner, who saw an opportunity to rezone the lot to residential townhouse and construct a duplex with two units of affordable housing using the City of Springfield’s HOME program, purchased it February 2008. It is now occupied by two families, and the property owner has plans to purchase a nearby lot and create another similar duplex.
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Crime Lab Constructed in L.E. Cox Building on Modern Tractor Facility Site
Where tractor parts were once strewn about the property site, a whole new venture has come to the former Modern Tractor facility site – crime. The new Highway Patrol Crime Lab in Springfield celebrated its grand opening December 15, 2008, and its impact has already been felt statewide in faster lab results for law enforcement agencies across Missouri. Construction of the lab was critical in efforts to reduce the backlogged cases at the central crime lab in Jefferson City.
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Petroleum Cleanup at Modern Tractor Leads to New Jordan Valley Community Health Center
Glistening in the afternoon sun, the Jordan Valley Community Health Center (JVCHC) is warming into its new location in the former Modern Tractor building on East Tampa. The newly renovated 40,000 sq. ft. building is gold LEED certified and has doubled its patient capacity while also creating 32 new jobs. There's even room for an additional 30,000 sq. ft. expansion.
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MFA Mill Transformed Into Jordan Valley Innovation Center
Seven years after it ceased operations, the MFA mill building was brought back to life as Missouri State University’s Jordan Valley Innovation Center (JVIC). With the help of Congressman Roy Blunt, the City of Springfield acquired the mill in 2002 for $100,000, as a Brownfield project in conjunction with a center-city revitalization plan.
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Former Paint Factory Enjoys New Life as Butler Rosenbury & Partners Corporate Headquarters
Once unoccupied and deteriorating on the edge of Jordan Valley’s West Meadows, the former Universal Paint Factory is now home to Butler, Rosenbury & Partners. Forty (40) new jobs were created in the architectural firm, with another forty (40) available within the restaurant space and ten (10) in retail.
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Southwest Missouri Indian Center Renovates to Assist More Native American Families
Through a redevelopment, the Southwest MO Indian Center (SMIC) is now able to serve 30-40 families per month, where previously they were only serving 20-30. The environmental justice provided through the loan will have a lasting impact on the Native American people in Southwest Missouri.
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Jordan Valley Park: Industrial Corridor To Community Park
The Jordan Valley Corridor, a 300-acre, former industrial area in downtown Springfield, Missouri, was an underused stretch of land. Where factories and used-car dealerships once stood, there is now a 12-acre public park and an ice arena, with an arts center, an Exposition Center, and a minor league baseball stadium underway.
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South Pier Approved for Brownfields Tax Credits
Gov. Matt Blunt announced South Pier LLC, has been approved for up $228,736 in remediation tax credits through the Brownfield Redevelopment Program. The tax credits will be utilized to facilitate the redevelopment of property located at 317 South Ave. into commercial office space, retail and residential lofts.
$50,000 EPA Grant Helps Commercial Street Go Green
July 2008 – Southwest Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency has selected a local Springfield project as the recipient of a major new grant. The project, part of Springfield’s Commercial Street Historic District continuing efforts to “go green,” will include $50,000 of technical assistance aimed at helping revitalize the area with the newest and most innovative green technologies available.
$200,000 EPA Cleanup Grant Awarded
April 2008 – EPA has selected the City of Springfield for a brownfields cleanup grant. Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to clean up the West Meadows of Jordan Valley Park site at 725 West Olive Street. The currently vacant site was used as a rail yard. Site soil and shallow groundwater are contaminated with polynuclear aromatic hydrocar-bons, metals, and volatile organic compounds.
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Springfield Awarded $1.2 Million EPA Grants
May 2007 – The Cities of Springfield and Aurora will split a $400,000 EPA grant to assess hazardous waste sites in the two cities, and $1 million will establish a revolving loan fund to generate cleanup and redevelopment activities in Springfield’s center city. The EPA funding is part of the annual Brownfields Grants which will send $71 million to 200 cities to help revitalize former industrial and commercial sites.
Blunt Announces $820,000 in Brownfield Redevelopment Tax Credits
Dec. 2006 – Gov. Matt Blunt announced that two separate projects in downtown Springfield have been awarded a total of $820,000 in Brownfield Redevelopment tax credits from the Missouri Department of Economic Development.