Cincinnati redevelopment efforts serve as example for Springfield leaders

Leaders in Springfield, Ohio, are looking to redevelopment efforts in Cincinnati to jumpstart its own revitalization. One of the biggest takeaways is that organizations like SpringForward and the Turner Foundation need to work together, or redevelopment efforts will fall short.

SpringForward, a new nonprofit in Springfield, is targeting the redevelopment of existing properties downtown to attract new businesses and investments.

Since 2009, more than $320 million has been invested in Springfield, from projects like the $275 million Springfield Regional Medical Center, the NTPRD Chiller ice arena, Veteran’s Bridge Streetscape and historic Bushnell Building renovations.

More recently, additional investments are in the works, including the restoration of the McAdams Building, 31 E. High St., which will be turned into 56 market-rate apartments. SpringForward is also working with the city on a potential plan to develop a year-round marketplace at the former Myer’s Market downtown.

Read more about Springfield's plans here.
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