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Public Input Sought for Kearney Street Redevelopment Plan

Michele Skalicky

A public meeting in Springfield tonight (8/24) will allow you to chime in on how Kearney Street, between Kansas Expressway and Glenstone, should look.

The City of Springfield will hold the meeting at Doling Park’s Northview Center from 5:30 to 7. 

Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson says they’re “hoping to spur a business renaissance on Kearney Street.”

PGAV Planners completed a Kearney Street Corridor Study in May.

Besides gathering input, the focus of tonight’s meeting will be to share results of that study and to discuss “the benefits of proposed incentives for redevelopment” with Kearney Street stakeholders, according to a city news release.

One finding of the study:  the Kearney Street corridor has the potential to capture additional retail sales from the available $95 million in unmet household demand in the trade area around the roadway.  It also suggests that the City commemorate the corridor’s heritage through historic Route 66 plaques and branding as well as capitalizing on the nostalgia for cruising, custom cars and drive-in restaurants.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.