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Coryell to redevelop former Heritage Cafeteria

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Coryell Collaborative Group plans to redevelop the former Heritage Cafeteria building into a five-story residential and commercial property spanning more than 88,000 square feet.

Near the corner of Battlefield Road and Fremont Avenue, the 2.3-acre parcel was acquired March 17 by Coryell Collaborative Group President Sam M. Coryell and his wife, Jennifer, said company spokesperson Lance Lloyd. The project will necessitate the demolition of the former restaurant building at 1364 E. Battlefield Road, he said.

“The Heritage Cafeteria was a mainstay in Springfield for so many generations and bringing this new development to life will provide the next generations another way to enjoy this iconic spot,” Sam M. Coryell said in a news release. “It’s only right to reignite this landmark and keep its legacy alive while offering modern apartment homes and a place for businesses to thrive.”

Coryell Collaborative Group is developing roughly 6,300 square feet of ground-floor retail space fronting Battlefield Road, as well as 95 apartments on the upper floors that will be managed by company subsidiary TLC Properties. The residential portion of the project is designed with a rooftop fitness center and lounge, a pool and common spaces for residents.

Lloyd said the property purchase also included the strip center directly south of the Heritage Cafeteria building that has four business storefronts.

Melancholy Roasting, one of the tenants of the building, announced via Facebook earlier this month that the building had been sold and would be demolished after May. Melancholy intends to roast for a new shop called Flannel Cup in lieu of immediately opening a new location, according to the post.

Scott Harrell, owner of Scott F. Harrell & Associates Inc., said he represented the seller, Branson Retail Investments LLC, in the transaction. A deed of trust on file with the Greene County recorder's office between Heritage Project LLC – the purchaser – and Encore Bank lists a note amount of nearly $2 million.

Coryell Collaborative Group plans to break ground on the development this fall, according to the release. Lloyd said other project details, such as the planned completion date, are not being released at this time.

Heritage Cafeteria, a restaurant known for its home-cooking style of food, closed in 2016 after 56 years in business, according to past reporting. The building adjoins the separately owned Fremont Center.

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