Owner/developer: On the Strip LLC General contractor: Mid-Southern General Construction LLC Architect: Treat Architects PC Engineers: SSE Mesa LLC, civil; Horner & Shifrin Inc., structural; and Pond Creek Designs LLC, mechanical, electrical and plumbing Size: 10,700 square feet, plus 75,000 square feet of outdoor attractions Estimated cost: $10 million Lender: Bank of Missouri and Arvest Bank Estimated completion: April 15 Project description: On the west end of Highway 76, the Bigfoot on the Strip attraction is anchored by a 200-foot tall free-fall ride and a food truck park. Project developers are Darrell Henley, Emma Hamilton and Matt Cook, who already have developed Branson Zipline Canopy Tours, as well as Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline and Steampunk Balloon. They’ve enlisted veteran thrill ride and roller coaster developer Stan Checketts, who’s known for creating Knott’s Berry Farm’s Supreme Scream and the Big Shot atop Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas. Henley said Bigfoot on the Strip plans to open May 1, and it’ll include miniature golf and a climbing area. The Soaring Eagle ride is designed to launch seated passengers around the tower into the air and back to the ground, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.
Urban Studios LLC, a natural light photography studio and pop-up event space, opened; the Missouri State University Foundation became the new owner of event venue The Old Glass Place; and Polk County’s dining scene expanded with the opening of Flat Creek.