Four proposed developments for a vacant lot in Jordan Valley Park will face public scrutiny on Monday.
The 1.7-acre lot was to be an arena in JVP, but those plans fell through. Now the City of Springfield wants to sell the land.
Four requests for proposals to develop the lot were announced on Wednesday. There's at least one intriguing plan, and one proposal that should make Springfieldians cringe.
•The Springfield-Greene County Park Board and Springfield R-12 Public Schools want to build a "joint administrative center with shared conference rooms, including a large auditorium and central reception area." Hmmm. The plan sounds interesting.
•BKD, LLP would build a "new headquarters and Springfield practice operations building with additional commercial//retail space in Phase I and an additional future building for mixed-use development in Phase II." OK.
•Of course it wouldn't be a party if John Q. Hammons didn't have a scheme. The developer wants to construct a "five-story 'Class A' office building with first-floor retail space." Ho-hum.
•The most urp-worthy proposal comes from HCW Evergreen, LLC. It wants to build a "Hilton or Embassy Suites hotel with meeting space, residential condominiums, restaurant, swimming pool and office space."
You might remember HCW as the force behind Grandvista, the timeshare resorts, and Branson Landing. HCW Evergreen also wanted to build a 25-story skyscraper in Branson, but aldermen last year cut the project down to size, limiting the building to 12 stories.
Want to hear more about the proposals? Presentations are slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at the Busch Building Fourth-Floor conference room. It's a public meeting.