City of Springfield

John Legend Theater Opens In Springfield

Oct 10, 2016
Springfield City School District

On Sunday, Springfield opened the new John Legend Theater in the former South High School and The 2.5 million dollar theater is one of many programs to be located building now known as “The Springfield Center for Innovation.”

Grammy and Academy Award winning artist John Legend, a Springfield native, was instrumental in raising support for the theater. He says the city has a special place in his heart, “It's an important place for me, I was born and raised here. And I feel the city has given a lot to me and I want to give back.”

Dan Gummel

Springfield wants to temporarily increase taxes by point four percent. If approved by voters, the five-year levy would generate 6.5 million dollars annually.

That’s money City Manager Jim Bodenmiller says is critically needed, “This issue is about three things, safety, streets and it’s about jobs.”

If the levy does not pass, the city will be forced to close a fire station, cut ten police officers and reduce funding to parks and recreation, and Bodenmiller says the city will have fully depleted its reserve funds by the end of 2017.

Legacy Wall Street Firm Moves to Springfield

Sep 2, 2016
EF Hutton executives stand in front of their new headquarters in downtown Springfield.
Dan Gummel / WYSO

E.F. Hutton, a New York based brokerage firm, announced on Friday that they are setting up their world headquarters in Springfield and look to invest about $22 million in the local economy over the next 5 years.

Chris Daniels, the company's CEO, says they're excited to bring the financial services industry to the Midwest, "EF Hutton is speaking with its actions by moving to main street and showing its commitment to individual investors across the country." 

Kroger Marketplace
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This week the Springfield Central Regional Planning Commission voted to recommend rezoning about 28 acres on 72 South Springfield Jamestown Rd for a new Kroger Marketplace, Clark County’s first.

But the plans have some residents, like Alley Laroque, concerned.

Kroger Marketplace
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This week an open community forum was held to discuss plans to build a new Kroger Marketplace along Highway 72 in south Springfield.

Plans call for a store roughly four times the size of the current south Springfield Kroger. It would create about 350 new jobs.

Residents have mixed feelings about the plan, that would include closing the existing Kroger on South Limestone.

Jack Legg, who lives in South Springfield, says he’s happy that the new store would create jobs.

Wayne Baker / WYSO

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's Springfield satellite location has six months to decide if it will remain at its current Upper Valley Mall location, or move downtown.  The Springfield city commission has approved leasing the downtown Myers Market Building, which currently houses United Senior Services, to the Boonshoft according to Mark Meister, Boonshoft's president.

Boonshoft's lease at the mall ends March 31st, but  Meister is hoping that the museum can stay in Springfield—even though attendance dipped to just more than 20,000 in 2015, from more than 25,000 in 2014.

The new owners of Springfield’s Upper Valley Mall have announced that another business will be closing at the location.

American Eagle Outfitters will be leaving the mall by early February according to New Upper Valley Associates LLC. The company bought the mall in December for $2.6 million in an online auction. 

A spokesman for American Eagle Outfitters declined to comment on the number of employees affected by the store’s closing or if it would relocate to a new location in Clark County.

Springfield's Upper Valley Mall Auctioned Off

Nov 25, 2015
Springfield's Upper Valley Mall, built in 1971, has suffered from the loss of several anchor tenants.
Nicholas Eckhart / Flickr/Creative Commons

An online auction yielded a $2.65 million bid last Thursday for Springfield's financially troubled Upper Valley Mall.

The bidding process was completed on the website and exceeded the minimum asking price of $1.5 million attached to the 500,000 square foot property.

The mall will remain in escrow until the sale is finalized and then the new owner will be announced.

Sears is the only anchor store left at the mall and was not included in the sale because it owns its space.

Petition Fails To Save Springfield's Target Store

Nov 20, 2015
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The Target Store in Springfield is closed, and a petition to keep the store open has been rejected.

The petition had a goal of 5,000 signatures, but only 3,089 had signed it by Thursday afternoon. A Target spokeswoman issued a statement later in the day saying the company respects its "loyal and dedicated customers," but had to close several stores in Ohio as part of a restructuring plan. A Target in Trotwood closed last year despite similar protests.

Clark County resident Karen Sloane was hoping this petition would have an effect.

Warren Copeland became Springfield's first directly elected mayor in 2003. He is facing challenger Fred Stegner on the Nov. 3 ballot. 

Stegner is a retired military vet and a self-proclaimed thorn in city hall’s side. He runs the Springfield Soup Kitchen, and has dubbed Springfield, “Third World,” because of homelessness and poverty issues he says Copeland and other politicians are ignoring.