City commission OKs townhome development in downtown Springfield

The city commission Tuesday night approved an ordinance that allows the city to move forward with a downtown redevelopment agreement for 34 townhomes.

The city is now allowed to enter into an agreement with Dayton-based Charles V. Simms Development Corp. to build a residential development called Center Street Homes on a site between West Main and West Columbia streets.

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“This is an exciting time for Springfield and its residents,” Mayor Warren Copeland said. “This project ties together some important parts of the goals and objectives that the city commission committed to for the people of Springfield: continued downtown revitalization, improved housing and continued economic development.”

The proposed development will include 34 three-story units with built-in garages with access from Center Street. Each home will be about 1,300 square feet, and prices will start around $200,000.

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“More than $400 million in downtown investment along with cooperation among our many community partners paved the way for this redevelopment,” said City Manager Jim Bodenmiller. “We’re excited about this project and what it means for the future of Springfield. This is the first substantial owner-occupied residential development that we’ve had in our downtown and we hope this project is just the beginning.”

Charles Simms Development specializes in maintenance communities and has built 115 townhomes in Dayton similar to those planned for downtown Springfield.

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