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The Robert L. & Z. Blanche Webb Trust is selling more than 90 acres in east Springfield.
Photo courtesy Foster Auction & Appraisal Service
The Robert L. & Z. Blanche Webb Trust is selling more than 90 acres in east Springfield.

Auction may open up land for commercial development

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Farmland in Springfield is hitting the auction block, opening up a potential commercial corridor on East Sunshine Street.

More than 94 acres of mostly vacant farmland is scheduled to be sold on April 4, according to a listing with Foster Auction & Appraisal Service. An asking price is not listed.

The seller is the Robert L. & Z. Blanche Webb Trust. Blanche Webb died in September 2019, more than four years after the death of her husband, Bob Webb, a longtime dairy farmer, according to online obituaries.

The land — fronting Sunshine Street where the road turns into State Highway D east of U.S. Highway 65 — is mostly zoned agricultural, except for about 25 acres that are residential, according to the listing. It’s adjacent to the Copper Mill subdivision.

Marketed for potential commercial or residential uses, the land is located in a quickly growing area of Springfield.

Development is underway closer to the Highway 65 intersection. The $30 million Turners Rock development is slated for completion in October, and Multipli Credit Union is building its new headquarters nearby on Blackman Road, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

Also near that intersection, O’Reilly Hospitality Management LLC built its new headquarters in 2017, and Getaway Golf opened that same year. A Sam’s Club and Walmart Neighborhood Market are among the major tenants. It’s also home to the headquarters of International Dehydrated Foods/American Dehydrated Foods, businessman Bill Darr’s recently sold companies.

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