Success Stories

  1. Abandoned Lot to Affordable Housing
  2. Tractor Manufacturing to Crime Lab & Public Health Center
  3. Paint Factory to Architectural Firm
  4. Feed Mill to Innovation Center

abandonedlot2In 2005, a single-family dwelling burned at 1119 N. Grant in Springfield. The lot remained vacant for three years until the new owner saw an opportunity to rezone the lot to Residential Townhouse and construct a duplex with two units of affordable housing.

With nearly $200,000 in private investment and a City HOME program loan (which provides financing for the rehabilitation and new construction of affordable rental housing for low to moderate income individuals) the property was developed into a two-story duplex with two three-bedroom, two-bathroom residences. 

The duplex is Energy Star Certified, increasing affordability and decreasing the environmental impact. Prior to renovation, Phase I environmental assessments identified the location of two historical filling stations approximately 100 feet north and 200 feet southeast of the site. 

abandonedlotBecause of the nearby and potentially up-gradient locations, a Phase II assessment was recommended. The Phase II assessment did not identify potential soil contamination, or groundwater concentrations above laboratory detection limits, clearing the way for development.

A total of $13,656 was spent on environmental assessments, funded by the City of Springfield’s 2006 Petroleum Assessment Grant.