Progress on rehabilitation of a downtown Springfield building is moving along — with major construction now taking place on exterior facades. Springfield Economic Development Director Mike Farmer says the first floor of the Motor Inn building will eventually return to a retail destination.
“The idea, of course, is to fill those with commercial enterprises, bring that block back to life,” says Farmer. “It’s a key connector between the Capitol complex and the more direct central area.”
The second floor has been deemed to expensive to rehab, and will remain vacant. It was the city’s first tiered parking garage.
Developers originally wanted to raze the building in favor of affordable housing, but that plan was scrapped. 860-thousand of the 1.8 million dollar project will come from the downtown TIF project.