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5. City News Releases 2020

Posted on: September 9, 2020

MEDIA ALERT: West Central-focused virtual input event for Grant Avenue Parkway 6-7 p.m. tonight


The City of Springfield will host a virtual visioning workshop for the West Central Neighborhood portion of the Grant Avenue Parkway project area at 6-7 p.m. tonight. The workshop will be conducted virtually at and the City’s facebook page at

This session will focus specifically on the West Central neighborhood area of Grant Avenue between Grand Street and College Street. Residents, property owners, business owners, organizations and interested citizens are encouraged to participate and provide input during this live, virtual, interactive event. 

Members of the media are welcome to text questions during the session to Cora Scott at 417-380-3352. 

For more information and for the full schedule of input opportunities, visit

About the Grant Avenue Parkway Project

Funded primarily by a $21 million federal Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant, the Grant Avenue Parkway will provide major transportation improvements along Grant Avenue in the heart of Springfield.

The 3-mile stretch of “parkway” will create an attractive corridor connecting vibrant Downtown Springfield to the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, with various neighborhoods, parks, Ozark Greenway connections and other amenities in between.

Input from neighborhoods, residents and stakeholders along the route as well as the community-at-large will be used to provide guidance to subject matter experts completing the upcoming preliminary concept phase for the project. Beyond design consideration for the parkway, input received from these events will guide the development of the Grant Avenue Corridor Plan.

About the Grant Avenue Corridor Plan

As an integral part of the development of the city’s Comprehensive Plan update, city staff will be working closely with Forward SGF planning consultants Houseal Lavigne to develop a targeted plan for the Grant Avenue corridor. 

The Corridor Study will focus on those areas adjacent to Grant Avenue that are generally within 500 feet of the Grant Avenue right of way, as well as Grand Street. The plan will include recommendations and strategies for changes in future land use, redevelopment, neighborhood stabilization, incentives and transportation improvements. Through this planning process, regulatory framework strategies will be introduced to help guide the creation of future development and zoning code amendments. To learn more about planning for the Grant Avenue Corridor, and the relationship to the Forward SGF Comprehensive Plan, visit


For media inquiries, contact Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, at 417-380-3352 or [email protected].

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