For Immediate Release
Commercial Street Task Force Begins Meeting July 22
The Commercial Street Task Force will hold its first meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, in room L45 in the Busch Municipal Building. The group was formed at the request of City Council after the Council placed a 365-day administrative delay on potential construction and zoning issues in the
Commercial Street area at its May 4, 2009 meeting. The delay was put in place to allow a Task Force time to examine how to best integrate new construction into the existing historic nature of the Commercial Street district as it revitalizes.
In addition to examining construction issues, the Task Force also will examine the various uses permitted under Commercial Street’s Center City zoning classification, which is designed for mixed-use districts that accommodate a variety of residential, commercial, and light industrial uses. In addition to Commercial Street, the Center City zoning classification encompasses all of downtown and the Boonville Avenue corridor.
Because of Commercial Street’s unique history and appearance, the City’s goal is to preserve and encourage the use of existing buildings there, as opposed to demolition and new construction. The area has seen a resurgence of activity and private investment in recent years, and in 2006 City Council adopted a Strategy for Success on Commercial Street. This combination of historic character and growing activity prompted City staff to recommend the Commercial Street district and the immediate area be reviewed to determine how new construction should be integrated into area.
The Commercial Street Task Force is charged with the following, and is asked to complete its final report by Oct. 2, 2009:
- Review the Commercial Street Strategy for Success.
- Hear presentations from the various stakeholders regarding the current state of the Commercial Street area.
- Analyze how well the goals, policies and strategies articulated in the Strategy for Success align with the current state of the Commercial Street area.
- Make recommendations regarding amendments to the goals, policies and strategies in the Commercial Street Strategy for Success.
- Make recommendations regarding amendments to the Zoning Ordinance with respect to appropriate uses, use restrictions and other development requirements to facilitate the Strategy for Success.
The members of the Commercial Street Task Force are:
- Nick Ibarra – Zone 1 City Councilman (Chair)
- Doug Burlison – City Council representative from Council’s Plans & Policies Committee
- Cindy Rushefsky – Zone 2 City Councilwoman
- Jim Harriger – Victory Mission representative
- Mary Collette – Commercial Club representative
- Bob Pilkington – Commercial Street resident
- Lyle Foster – Commercial Street business owner
- Les Ford – Urban Neighborhoods Alliance representative
- Rusty Worley – Urban Districts Alliance representative
- Pauletta Dunn – Grant Beach Neighborhood Betterment Association representative
- Steve Wiemer – Mid-Town Neighborhood Association representative
- Phyllis Ferguson Phillips – Woodland Heights Neighborhood Association representative
- Laura Derrick – Springfield Landmarks Board representative
- Mike MacPherson – Springfield Planning & Development Department
- Jack Pugh – Non-Zone 1 citizen representative
- Mark Davis – Non-Zone 1 citizen representative
Room L45 is located in the lower level of the Busch Building near both the stairwell and elevator, next to the Finance Department.
For more information, contact: Mike MacPherson, Principal City Planner, (417) 864-1198; or Nick Ibarra, Zone 1 Councilman, (417) 864-5007.