Springfield Pines development moves forward
Michael Batchelder / Times Staff Writer wrote:Springfield Pines could see housing construction begin within the next few months.
Developer Gene Graves expects about 37 of the lots to be completed — meaning connected to paved roads, electricity and plumbing — by December.
Graves originally expected to have the lots of phase one entirely completed by the end of this year.
And it sounds like things are going to start changing for Springfield:As attitudes change, so does the landscape of Sarpy County’s smallest city
Hailey Konnath / World-Herald staff writer wrote:Drive down Springfield’s Main Street — out past the library, the elementary school and the Catholic church — and you’ll see what for this quiet town is an unfamiliar sight: construction.
Between the edge of town and the expanse of farm fields, workers are making way for a $12 million upscale housing and commercial development.
In terms of similar projects around the metro area, Springfield Pines is fairly typical. What makes the development remarkable, however, is that it’s the first major development to get the green light in Springfield since the 1970s. It’s a fair assumption that the subdivision will change the face of the town.
“I think people just accept the fact that Sarpy County and our little neck of the woods is going to change,” said Keith Hentzen, who owns Springfield Drug and Soda Fountain. “It already has a little.”
Until recently, the forces at play in Sarpy County’s smallest city have kept growth at bay — making Springfield an outlier in the fastest-growing county in the state. But a long-held opposition to change is beginning to relent. The attitude of Springfield, an attitude that has endured since the town’s inception, is changing.
“People honestly believe they’re going to have to accept some growth if they want to survive as a town,” said Dan Craney, a City Council member who was on the city’s planning commission in the 1980s.