March 11, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

RFP Deadline Extended for Southwest Land Tract

The City of Springfield will extend the deadline until 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, for its Request for Proposals for the potential sale and development of a 293-acre tract of land in southwest Springfield.

The original deadline had been set for Monday, March 30, 2009. Several parties have expressed possible interest in submitting proposals, but have asked for additional time because of the current conditions in world credit and financial markets. No proposals have been submitted as of today.

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 City’s criteria remains the same in its potential review of any proposals submitted by the new deadline. In addition to the acquisition price, the criteria will 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.

For more information, contact: Mary Lilly Smith, Director of Economic Development, 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