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Medical office space is planned at the southwest corner of Battlefield Road and Lone Pine Avenue.
Medical office space is planned at the southwest corner of Battlefield Road and Lone Pine Avenue.

Council tables rezoning proposal for medical offices

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Springfield City Council last night tabled a rezoning proposal at the intersection of Battlefield Road and Lone Pine Avenue.

Councilman Matthew Simpson said the proposed usage of 8 acres at 2700 E. Battlefield Road is for medical office space. The applicants, Briarcliff Investments LLC and resident John Gentry, want to rezone the property to general retail, which includes offices, from a single-family residential district.

Council members unanimously voted to table the proposal.

After the vote last night, council is scheduled to again take up the proposal for the lot at its Sept. 24 meeting. During the first-reading for the bill on Aug. 13, council members heard from eight residents who voiced concerns about sign visibility, Sequiota Park access and traffic increases.

Council members last night also were concerned about how the rezoning would impact nearby neighborhoods, specifically Galloway Village.

“I think Galloway is a unique district within our city. It’s one that people want to live in,” Simpson said. “It’s also been an area that’s growing and been developing. As it’s been developed and grown, I don’t know if we always kept up with the infrastructure.”

Simpson said he was concerned about walkability near Sequiota Park and Galloway Village. He said council should work to improve safety in the area and accommodate “the increased number of residents there that has come along with the growth.”

Councilwoman Kristi Fulnecky drew applause from a section of those in attendance with her comments.

“I’m all for free enterprise and do whatever you want with your land until it interferes with other people’s property rights,” she said.

Butler, Rosenbury & Partners Inc.’s Geoffrey Butler, representative for the applicants, could not be reached for comment this morning for more details on the planned development.

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