January 26, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

RFP Issued for Southwest Land Tract

The City of Springfield has issued a Request for Proposals for the potential sale and development of a 293-acre tract of land in southwest Springfield.

The land has provided a buffer zone around the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant. The construction of the James River Freeway has changed the buffer area needed around the treatment plant and also has increased the development potential of the property.

The land was acquired with both Sanitary Services and General Revenue funds in multiple parcels over at least the past 30 years. Proceeds from any potential sale would be returned proportionate to the current land values to the Sanitary Services Fund and the General Fund. City Manager Greg Burris said he would recommend to the City Council that any proceeds returned to the General Fund be applied to the Police/Fire Pension Fund shortfall.

Sanitary Services is a separate, self-supporting enterprise fund and the City would legally have to return sale proceeds for land acquired with that revenue to the Sanitary Services Fund, which supports the City’s sewer system.

Interested parties have until 3 p.m., Monday, March 30, 2009, to submit a statement of qualifications and proposal for the acquisition and development of the land.

The City will use several criteria in addition to the acquisition amount to review the RFPs submitted by the deadline. Those include: the applicants’ qualifications; the viability of the development proposal; the quality and detail of the submission; the proposal’s potential to enhance the tax bases of Springfield and other area tax districts; the potential for the proposal to create jobs; and the potential for the proposal to achieve other goals that may be outlined by the applicant.

Interested applicants can request a packet of additional information and/or submit proposals via mail to: Mary Lilly Smith, Economic Development Director, City of Springfield, 840 Boonville Ave., Springfield, Mo., 65802. Applicants also may call 417-864-1094 or e-mail: mlsmith@springfieldmo.gov. The property is bounded by the James River Freeway on the south; Kauffman Road and West Bypass on the east; Farm Road 156/ Brookline Road on the north; and Farm Road 119/Hutchinson Road on the west.

View a map of the property. (940k PDF)

The City Council authorized issuing the RFP for potential sale of this property in Council Resolution 9623 at its Sept. 15, 2008 meeting. Since that time, the City has solicited an independent appraisal of the property to estimate the fair market value and prepared site information for the RFP.

For more information, contact: Mary Lilly Smith, Economic Development Director, 864-1094; or Louise Whall, Director of Public Information, 864-1010.

city of springfield

Department of Planning and Development

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1031 • Fax: 417-864-1030 • springfieldmo.gov