Success Stories

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 2 units of affordable housing using the City of Springfield’s HOME program, purchased it February 2008. It is now occupied by 2 families, and the property owner has plans to purchase a nearby lot and create another similar duplex.
Crime Lab Built 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.
Petroleum Cleanup
A 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.
MFA Mill Transformed Into Jordan Valley Innovation Center
7 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.
Former Paint Factory
A former paint factory enjoys new life as Butler Rosenbury and 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 and Partners. 40 new jobs were created in the architectural firm, with another 40 available within the restaurant space and 10 in retail.
SW Missouri Indian Center
A 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.
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.