Over the objections of protestors who want to preserve Griffin Woods, Springfield aldermen have approved a sketch map, the next step in turning a portion of those woods into a retail development anchored by a new Schnuck’s store.
More than half-a-dozen people urged the city council to save the woods and its old-growth trees.
But Mayor Mike Houston notes the Schnuck’s project would not take up the entire woods, and says the city has to encourage development.
Old-growth trees were not the only concern.
Ward 7 Aldermen Joe McMenamin says that developing land for a new grocery store could lead to an over abundance of vacant properties in the future, something his Ward is dealing with.
Houston says the next step is for the city engineers to finalize plans.