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New industrial park planned in northeast Springfield

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The Springfield Planning & Zoning Commission last night voted unanimously in favor of a preliminary plat and rezoning for a new industrial park on Kearney Street.

With the approval vote, the proposed Morris Industrial Park will head to City Council for a public hearing on Jan. 14.

The proposed industrial park would sit on a two-lot subdivision comprising 57.25 acres at the 3200 block of East Kearney Street, which is currently undeveloped and heavily wooded. A Waffle House is located on the northeast corner of the property, and Ozark Motors Lines Inc. is in between the two lots, which are connected on the east side facing U.S. Highway 65.

The approved plat is good for two years, according to Springfield principal planner Bob Hosmer.

“The growth management land use plan recommends or identifies this area as appropriate for general industry, transportation and utilities,” Hosmer said at the meeting last night.

The property is owned by ITC II LLC, the project applicant, with Lee Engineering & Associates LLC providing the engineering report, according to city documents. Derek Lee, who represented the applicant at the meeting, was not available for comment this morning by deadline. The organizer of ICT II LLC is Kenneth Morris, according to Missouri secretary of state records. The 2023 S. Glenstone Ave. address listed in secretary of state filings for ICT II LLC is the same location as the Brown Derby Wine Center.

The commission also voted unanimously to rezone the southern 33.33 acres, located at the 2200 block of North Belcrest Avenue, to a heavy manufacturing district from highway commercial and heavy manufacturing in a separate motion. Conditional Overlay No. 163 also would be created with council approval.

“The proposed conditional overlay district will require a cul-de-sac to be constructed at the end of Belcrest Avenue and require the park to be subdivided along the same zoning, district and county lines shown,” Hosmer said.

The proposed industrial park is less than two miles away from Partnership Industrial Center. Its tenants include John Deere Reman, NorthStar Battery and SRC Electrical.


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