SPRINGFIELD—Developers bet on Galloway Village this year as at least $21 million in projects were completed or started in the quaint southeast Springfield neighborhood.
Back in March, Green Circle Projects LLC CEO Matt O’Reilly announced Quarry Town, a $14 million, mixed-use commercial development with 100 apartment units and 20,000 square feet of commercial, restaurant and retail space fronting South Lone Pine Avenue. Phase I is expected to wrap in first-quarter 2019.
Quarry Town signed anchor tenants The Rock restaurant and Great Escape Beer Works, which opened Dec. 15, bringing the commercial space to 30 percent occupancy in November. The Quarry Town apartments are slated for completion in February 2019 by Ross Construction Group LLC.
Next door to Quarry Town, another mixed-used project, Galloway Creek, was completed in September, and tenants, including Culture Flock Clothing LLC and Pure Hot Yoga, began opening the next month. Developers Brent Brown, Summer Trottier and the Jalili family invested roughly $7.7 million in the project.
In November, Galloway Creek lost a restaurant tenant, when the Jalilis backed out of its Chops steakhouse concept, saying the project became too expensive in the space. They also sold their interest in the development back to Brown.
Residents of Galloway Village became vocal as developments mounted near their homes.
In November, City Council approved a rezoning of 8 acres at 2700 E. Battlefield Road after nearly four months of opposition of area residents. Medical offices are planned for the parcel, which is currently owned by Briarcliff Investments LLC, which intends to sell the land.
Multiple residents shared with council their concerns about traffic flow and their desires to preserve the natural topography.
Immediately after passing the rezoning bill, council voted to impose an administrative delay on applications for rezoning and lot combinations in the Galloway Redevelopment Area for 270 days until Aug. 2, 2019.
Residents also voiced their concern in September on the rezoning of 3 acres on South Lone Pine Avenue, which includes the former site of Sequiota Bike Shop that closed in March. After multiple tabling actions, the rezoning request has not yet been heard due to the administrative delay.
In a less controversial December announcement, business owners Justin and Allicyn Hollis said they’re opening Springfield Coffee Co. across the street from Sequiota Park. It’s planned for March 2019 at the former Bee Natural Spa.
Ozarks Technical Community College is expanding its campus footprint with the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at the corner of National Avenue and Chestnut Expressway.
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