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New 245-lot subdivision in the works

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Last edited 3:11 p.m., June 4, 2019

Farmland just south of Springfield city limits is being converted into a 245-lot subdivision.

Jeff Frye, who’s marketing the lots via Jim Hutcheson Realtors Inc., said Dick Pendleton, the developer, is targeting a late summer completion of the infrastructure for the first 60 lots. Five phases are planned on acreage Pendleton owns at Farm Road 163 and Reed Lane, across the street from the Eaglesgate subdivision, Frye said. Farm Road 163 turns into National Avenue farther north.

“I think it’s going to be really popular because of the proximity to area hospitals and shopping,” he said. “It’s just 2 minutes down the road from Cox hospital.”

The subdivision is called Anthony Park, named after the farming family Pendleton bought the land from, Frye said. Greene County assessor records show Pendleton’s companies — organized as Anthony Park LLC and AP Developer LLC — own nearly 120 acres at the site. Frye was unsure about the cost of the development.

Frye said crews are currently installing sewer systems for the Phase I lots.

A Greene County Planning Board hearing was held May 21 for 11.4 acres of Anthony Park. Represented by Lee Engineering LLC at the meeting, Pendleton sought a rezoning change to a plot assignment district from a suburban residence district.

Joel Binkley, senior planner at the county, said the board tabled the request — which calls on duplexes for 55-and-older residents — over concerns with density and the character of the area, where single-family homes are prominent. The issue again will be heard June 18, he said, noting the preliminary plat for the 245 lots in Anthony Park were approved earlier in the year.

Pendleton, according to Springfield Business Journal archives, previously operated KFC restaurants via Restaurant Systems.

His Anthony Park is among the largest planned subdivisions in recent years, Frye said, pointing to 100 new lots at the Hickory Hills neighborhood given approval by City Council in 2015.

On Springfield Business Journal’s 2018 list of the area’s largest subdivisions with available lots, Marlborough Manor ranked No. 1 with 795 lots sold. The most recently developed subdivision on the list was Bussell Building Inc.’s 2018-constructed Eagle Ridge Estates in Nixa, which ranked No. 14 with 63 lots sold.

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