A Springfield alderman says it’s time to get creative about the future of a decaying local landmark.
The Bel-Aire Motel is now up for sale, and Alderman Cory Jobe says that offers an opportunity for the city to rid itself of an eyesore and a public health hazard. Jobe is doubtful that a private investor would put up the estimated million dollars needed to purchase and repair the rundown property.
He says a public-private partnership might work, but says it would have to include state and perhaps federal dollars. Jobe also says the Bel-Aire property might make a good location for a new fire station to serve the southern part of the city.