Architecture students to present vision for C-Street development

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 8, 2017 — Drury University architecture students will present their vision for redesigning and revitalizing Springfield’s historic Commercial Street district to C-Street stakeholders and members of the community next week. Presentations will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Drury On C-Street Gallery. The event is open to the public.

The presentations come at the conclusion of a semester of research and preparation by Hammons School of Architecture students. Nine students were involved in redesigning different aspects of the area through the Center for Community Studies. The Center allows students to gain hands-on experience outside the classroom by working with community members on diverse design and planning problems.

Some of the ideas put forth in the vision for Commercial Street include a year-round multi-purpose event pavilion at the C-Street Plaza, a rooftop event and observation area adjoining the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge, and scenic archway entrances located at either end of the district. Students also reimagined how alleyways like Blaine Street and Frisco Lane might be put to better use.

The goal of the redesign is to further develop Commercial Street into an economically thriving place for community activity and socialization throughout the year. Though the projects are only ideas for now, members of the Commercial Street Community Improvement District and Commercial Club hope that funding can be found to make the improvements a reality.

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Media Contact: Jay Garrot, Professor of architecture; director of the Center for Community Studies: (417) 873-7371 or jgarrott@drury.edu.