After three public input meetings and numerous engagements with various stakeholder groups, the public had the first opportunity to view the recommended options for the as-of-yet unfunded redevelopment plan for the Lake Springfield area on Oct. 12, 2023. Lake Springfield was identified as a redevelopment opportunity area during the City’s Forward SGF comprehensive planning process.
More than 300 people interested in the future of Lake Springfield attended the second public engagement meeting at the Lake Springfield Boathouse May 4. About 100 people took advantage of the power plant tours hosted by City Utilities prior to the meeting. Additional tours are planned. Those interested can sign up on the Get Involved page….
Nearly 100 residents turned out for the first Lake Springfield Plan Public Information & Input meeting Nov. 17. The event took place at Springfield Art Museum. Steve Prange, project manager introduced the project team and City of Springfield Senior Planner shared context for the catalyst project. Community engagement specialists Francine Pratt and Cora Scott encouraged…
The Lake Springfield area is a key natural asset to the Springfield community and surrounding region. While it currently offers a variety of recreational amenities, there is significant opportunity to enhance the area into a recreational focal point of the region. The decommissioning of the James River Power Station presents a unique opportunity for adaptive reuse of the facility, repurposing part of the larger site for active recreation and making a lasting impact on the James River Basin.
Lake Springfield was created in 1957 by the damming of the James River in southeast Springfield to serve the cooling needs of the James River Power Station. The lake and surrounding area was identified as a redevelopment opportunity area during the City’s Forward SGF comprehensive planning process.
The Plan will include adaptive reuse planning for the decommissioned Power Station and a Plan for the Lake Springfield area encompassing approximately 1,000 acres of publicly owned land. An in-depth Hydrological Study will be conducted to identify feasibility of various opportunities for the Lake and James River and will inform the development of the plan. The Plan will be a catalyst for innovative economic and recreational opportunities, new infrastructure, sustainable water quality and green infrastructure, compatible development which increases the tax base, creates jobs, improves the quality of life of the workforce and their families.
Elements of the Plan
- Recreational Expansion Opportunities
- Economic Opportunities (development and workforce)
- Transportation, Access and Wayfinding
- Land Use Plan – Public Facilities, Cultural and Environmental Resources
An $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), and $200,000 from the Hatch Foundation, City Utilities of Springfield and the City of Springfield’s Environmental Services Department will fund the development of a plan for the area including and surrounding the former coal-powered plant (James River Power Station). Redevelopment will complement Lake Springfield Park and Boathouse, which are jointly operated by CU and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.