If you haven’t been downtown lately, you are in for a surprise because things are changing, and there’s a lot going on. Parking lots are being turned into landscaped pedestrian walkways. There are parklets and new businesses and exciting nightlife. We have a new kids museum (Kidzeum) that will open in June and two micro-breweries about to open. There are many new restaurants and boutiques. In the last year, 30 new businesses have opened downtown.
More and more people are choosing to live in the city center,with a total of 200 new apartments that will have been added by the end of 2018. During the summer there are festivals and street parties and historical and architectural walking tours. And, now, as Christmas approaches, we are coming up on the Old Capitol Holiday Walks, which will absolutely knock your stockings off.
I moved my office downtown last year, and it’s so great to be here, just steps away from some of the finest dining and entertainment in Springfield. I’m proud to be a part of downtown and a part of Downtown Springfield, Inc, a driving force in stimulating economic development and encouraging downtown growth.
You can be a part of all this too. I hope you’ll join us downtown. The link below will keep you abreast of what’s coming up locally. See you downtown!!