SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Springfield’s city commission approved a number of initiatives they hope will improve the city’s downtown. City manager Jim Bodenmiller said in the last 10 years, about $400 million have been invested downtown.
The city hopes this recent money approved sparks more interest in the area.
“When the downtowns do well, that tends to help anyone touching the downtowns. It just kind of works (its way) out from there. It has a ripple effect,” Bodenmiller said.
To start that ripple effect, the city approved $50 thousand for the construction of a new parking garage with retail space. It will go on what’s currently a vacant, unfinished lot used for parking on Fountain Avenue.
One street over on Center Street, another gravel lot will become a 34-unit townhome development. The three-story homes will start at $200,000.
Also approved was a tax incentive for a development on the edge of downtown. A 230 home subdivision is now slated for Tuttle Road. It’s the largest new housing development the city’s had in recent years.
Bodenmiller said the need for housing comes after a focus on creating more jobs.
“We’ve had some tremendous successes. So much so that we need to bring people back to Springfield to fill some of the jobs that are available now,” Bodenmiller said.
Commissioners also approved an extra $250 thousand to demolish abandoned homes.That money means they can take down an extra 40 properties.
“We’re on the move. We’re on the rise. Lots and lots of good things are happening. These are just little steps to help the momentum going,” Bodenmiller said.