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October 21, 2014, 11:49 pm
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State of the City--Two New Grocery Stores for Springfield


The boom in grocery store construction in Springfield continues… with Schnuck’s planning to add two stores in the city in the months ahead.

 

One is planned for Dirksen Parkway and Singer Avenue, near the J-C Penney store. Springfield city officials hope to create a tax increment financing district to help pay for improvements related to the project.

 

The other new store would go up at Washington and Bruns Lane, and would be the anchor store for a larger retail development there. There is no timeline yet for construction.

 

Mayor Mike Houston's full State of the City speech

Despite some positive financial trends, the City of Springfield faces significant challenges ahead. That’s the assessment of Mayor Mike Houston in his first “State of the City” address.

 

Houston says his administration has reduced costs and stabilized the city’s bank accounts. But the mayor says the city will take a hit from the planned closure of the Cook Street mail processing center, and a likely downgrade of City Water Light and Power’s bond rating. And he says the unresolved issue of train traffic through the city remains Springfield’s biggest looming problem.

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