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City Beat: City convention facilities in sad shape, CVB chief says

University Plaza needs tens of millions of dollars of repairs and ownership is exploring options.

First reading of budget brings concerns from council regarding Police and Building Development staffing.

Council also envisions future of Lake Springfield.

Public information office a natural fit for communication and coordination role over Ozark Region Workforce Development Board, officials say. 

The declaration is good for developers, but questions linger for homeowners amid Grant Ave. Parkway study.

City of Springfield approves sale of 15 parcels that once housed dangerous buildings.

Environmentalists and construction professionals make up broad base of support for measure.

Amanda Ohlensehlen takes on Economic Vitality lead role.

Oddity in city code requires historic designation for carriage houses to be used as short-term rentals. 

Mayor says there’s no procedure to reject or remand housing issue.

The low bid was more than a half-million dollars under the engineer’s estimate for work on road and sidewalks. 

Residents worry development will change the nature of their neighborhood.

TIF agreement of $3.4 million will fund public improvements.

State’s $2.6B allocation is separate from city’s $40M pot.

Developer plans to clean up land and generate revenue at intersection of West Sunshine Street and James River Freeway. 

At its regular meeting Feb. 22, council also approved $200,000 in local funds for the project from the Hatch Foundation, City Utilities and the city’s Environmental Services Department.

She served on the local government board since last April.

Developer seeks long-term reimbursement of improvement costs through TIF. 

Residents are becoming better educated about the issues, BDS director says.

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