The City of Springfield, Mo., on Tuesday showed off its revitalization plan for College Street that incorporates Route 66 history and nostalgia into its design, reported the Springfield News-Leader.
The plan for College Street, which carried one of Route 66’s alignments through town, includes public and private funds for the effort.
According to the newspaper:
Leaning heavily on local residents for direction, the city has crafted a plan for a mixed-use district that will allow “very flexible development” while reflecting the area’s connection to the original Mother Road, said Vern Morgan, the city planner who directed the effort. […]
Unique zoning rules and tax incentives are planned, while Route 66 signage, a roadside park — even a recreation of the Red’s Giant Hamburg sign — are among the physical improvements the city hopes will lure private investors. […]
Working with City Utilities, the city recently applied for a $10 million federal grant that would help pay for a new bus transfer station near College and Main Avenue, as well as street and sidewalk improvements on College all the way west to Kansas. […]
Rognstad said the city plans to pay for the basic infrastructure at the roadside park, including a drive and parking, but hopes to work with Community Foundation of the Ozarks to solicit donations for other features, such as the Red’s Giant Hamburg sign. […]
Representatives of Hy-Vee grocery store got the ball rolling Tuesday by presenting the city with a check for $1,000. The money, meant to help pay for the replica Red’s sign, was raised during a Route 66-themed spring fundraiser.
Here are artist’s renderings of the proposed streetscaping and parks from the city: