The future of what’s known as Springfield’s Griffin Woods is in question at the dismay of some area residents. During Tuesday’s Springfield City Council meeting, Aldermen voted 8-2 for multiple zoning variances to make way for the new west side Schnucks.
Opponent Jason Daily, a former resident of the area whose parents still live there, says the wooded area has trees that have been there since before the country was founded, let alone colonized. He also says the plans for Griffin Woods does not align with Springfield’s 20-20 plan developed over a decade ago.
Daily says that opponents can protest the zoning change and also encourage to Springfield park district to purchase part of the wooded area for preservation. Ward 8 Alderman Kris Thielen, says that emotions on this issue are riding high. Thielen says this is about the sale of private property.
Aldermen approved two sets of zoning variances for two different grocery stores Tuesday.
One is the planned County Market on Carpenter Street. The other is the planned grocery store is the Schnucks at the Northeast Corner of Bruns Lane and Washington Street. That’s one of two new Schnucks stores planned for Springfield. The other is on in East Springfield off of Sangamon Avenue.
Meanwhile, the Springfield City Council passed several ordinances on the consent agenda Tuesday. On the list of non-controversial ordinances includes a court case settlement involving a couple on a motorcycle and a police officer.
Aldermen also passed initial plans for a Schnucks on the east side.
As for ordinances on the debate agenda, Aldermen passed the hobby beekeeping ordinance and a revision of a nuisance ordinance that gives police and the corporation council more teeth to address properties that have chronic criminal violations.
There were also three union contracts on the debate agenda passed by Springfield aldermen.