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The city of Springfield is seeking public input for the 3-mile project, which includes an improved crossing over Fassnight Creek.
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The city of Springfield is seeking public input for the 3-mile project, which includes an improved crossing over Fassnight Creek.

Council OKs administrative delay on Grant Avenue Parkway

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Last edited 8:33 a.m., July 29, 2020

Springfield City Council last night unanimously approved a 180-day administrative delay of demolition, new construction, replatting and rezoning along the proposed project area of the Grant Avenue Parkway.

Planning and Development Director Mary Lilly Smith said the delay would be used to seek public input on the project and prepare improvement recommendations for council.

The Grant Avenue Parkway project is designed to create a greenway trail system and transportation improvements along a 3.3-mile stretch of Grant Avenue from Sunshine Street to Walnut Street – connecting downtown with Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium. The city was awarded $21 million in federal grant funding last year for the project, and roughly $5.2 million in city matching funds are required.

The public engagement process is scheduled to kick off on Aug. 18 with a virtual session livestreamed on the city’s website and Facebook page, said Cora Scott, the city’s director of public information and civic engagement. Virtual neighborhood meetings will follow in late August for the West Central and Fassnight neighborhoods, which are located along Grant Avenue.

Scott said city staff members also are working on developing a public engagement session at Parkview High School with a drive-thru format. Additionally, staff is working to form advisory committees, conduct citywide surveying and contract a project consultant, she said.

The Grant Avenue Parkway must be complete by 2026, according to the grant provisions.

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