January 31, 2018
More people are living, working and playing in downtown Springfield than ever before. In honor of tomorrow’s Downtown Awards and Auction, we’re looking back on a major year of development and growth for the downtown community. Between increased housing and some new faces around the Downtown Springfield Association office, we’ve been busy. Here are some of the highlights:
Downtown living opportunities are at an all-time high with a total of about 800 lofts in the downtown area. That’s 750 more lofts than we had 15 years ago—something to be proud of, if you ask us. Between downtown’s constantly growing student housing opportunities and the continual development of historic buildings, that number is only going up.
The 2017 Urban Housing Study, which will be released in the next couple of weeks, shows that downtown sales have continued to grow by about 6% each year for the past eight years. Our retailer community is also growing—for example, the addition of HonkyTonk Threads and the highly-anticipated Shark’s Surf Shop coming later this year. We’re also excited to fill some of our open commercial spaces, like the primo spot at 210 E. Walnut St. that became available earlier this year.
At the beginning of 2017, the Downtown Springfield Association moved to a new office space in the historic Woolworth building and hired two new young professionals to spearhead downtown marketing and events. We also launched a new website, redesigned our weekly eblast and revamped our social channels. Plus, we’ve expanded our membership benefits to include a sweet new loyalty card, an exclusive t-shirt, free tickets to downtown events and more. Needless to say, you’ll be hearing from us a lot more moving forward.
Downtown’s office culture has never been more vibrant. Between the Downtown Wiffle League, Downtown Book Club and the frequent lunchtime concerts and yoga classes, downtown Springfield has become the best place to work in southwest Missouri. We welcomed several new office neighbors last year including Wellcare, Originate Co-Working Space and SMC Electric. Looking for a new home for your office? Check out the commercial space we have available.
Downtown’s foodie scene has rapidly become the most impressive in the area. Last year, we welcomed a variety of new hospitality destinations including CB Social House, Lost Signal Brewing Company, Tinga Tacos, Yoselin’s Mexican and Queen City Wine Dive. We’re proud of downtown’s diversely delicious hospitality scene and can’t wait to see what’s next.
2017 set the stage for a major growth period in downtown Springfield. We can hardly wait for the additions that the next few years will bring between expanding boutique hotels, attracting new offices, expanding our iconic community events and much, much more. Give yourselves a pat on the back, Downtowners. We’re only getting started.
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