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Springfield Buys into History

The city of Springfield announced on May 28th, that it has acquired the MFA property at 524 Booneville Avenue. Mike Smith has the Story...

The city of Springfield announced May 28th, that it has acquired the MFA property at 524 Booneville Avenue. According to Economic Development Director Mary Lily Smith, the purchase of the MFA building is another step in the revitalization of Springfield's center city, and the realization of a citizen's vision for Jordan Valley Park.

The city paid 100,000 dollars for the property and the acquisition was funded through a 1.99 million dollar H.U.D. Economic Development initiative secured by U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt. The city estimates it could take as much as 12 million dollars to re-develop the site. Mary Lily Smith says the city will in mid June, be working with the International Development Council to determine the best potential uses for the site, and says, if the project gets the go-ahead, citizens will see a mixed use development take place in the main complex.

The MFA property traces to Springfield's early commercial development. The Queen City Milling Company operated it from 1884-1904. The John F. Meyers-Brower

Milling Company operated it before the Missouri Farmers Assn. Milling Company acquired it in 1929. At one time, the Springfield MFA milling facility ws the oldest and largest mill west of the Mississippi. Reporting for KSMU news, I'm Mike Smith.