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The city of Springfield has issued a request for qualifications for a vision and master plan to redevelop the Lake Springfield area and decommissioned James River Power Station.
The consultant team selected through the process would be responsible for complying with the terms of an $800,000 federal grant for economic development, recreation, transportation and land use at the Lake Springfield site, according to a news release.
“Lake Springfield is such an asset to our community,” Mayor Ken McClure said in a February Springfield Business Journal article, when the city launched the master planning process.
The consultant selection committee comprising city and City Utilities of Springfield officials expects a master plan team will be selected within 30 days after statements of qualifications stop being accepted at 3 p.m. June 3. Information on the process is available at LakeSGFMasterPlan.com.
"Experience with similar projects is expected, and multiple examples completed by the proposed team members should be included with the submittal," officials said in the release. "The selected team will be led by a professional with exceptional project management and technical experience in undertaking and delivering studies and plans according to federal agency regulations, time frames and funding agreements."
The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration earlier this year announced the $800,000 grant for the project. At its regular meeting Feb. 22, City Council also approved $200,000 in local funds for the project from the Hatch Foundation, City Utilities and the city’s Environmental Services Department, according to past reporting.
The site, where the James River Power Station was decommissioned last year, sits on 2,000 acres owned by the city, CU and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. Myriad proposals are being considered for the site, such as removing the dam and letting the water once again flow downstream and using the power plant for recreational activities, according to past reporting.
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