In Dillin’s presentation to the city in July, he laid out a plan for the southside which he called, “Springfield 4 Corners.” The plan featured a rendering of the Kroger building redesigned as a “food mart,” complete with a garden and spaces in the front of the building for food trucks to park as well as stone signage on the corner of Limestone reading, “Historic South Springfield.”
“Our goal is to create environments that strengthen a community,” Dillin said at the time. “So when we look at a challenge like that Kroger site, it doesn’t work for us to just look at the Kroger building we need to look at the area around it and how we can improve it.”
After the presentation, Tom Franzen, director of economic development for the city, cautioned that the city had a long way to go before finalizing any of Dillin’s plans. Franzen said the city planned to hold a series of forums to allow for public input on what the community would like to see at the former Kroger site, which closed in March and led to the southside being labeled a food desert.
A link to the virtual meeting can be found the city’s website and Facebook page. Those interested in submitting questions ahead of time can do so by emailing Logan Cobbs at email@example.com.