SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (KMTR) – The City of Springfield’s boundary lines have been redrawn with the annexation of a two-mile stretch of Franklin Boulevard in the Glenwood area.
The vote by the city council to annex is part of a master plan to redevelop Glenwood. It affects the area along Franklin between the Interstate 5 bridge and Brooklyn Street, and between the railroad bridge and the I-5 northbound onramp.
Until now, businesses along that strip could not get city services such as sewer and stormwater connections. Now they can choose to annex into the city starting May 1. Along with annexation, the businesses would also begin paying city taxes and fees.
Some shop owners in the area are concerned whether the long-term plans will cut into their businesses.
Zachary Reeves, who owns Pacific Cars and Trucks said, “They'd been talking about expanding the roads, which would take frontage away from our business which I was concerned about. But they said that's years and years down the road, so it's not that big of a deal.”
Other business owners, including Diamond Cartwright of Eugene Lock and Safe, say they have mixed feelings. “We'd hate the thought that we would have to move this area (the store),” Cartwright said, “because of them coming in, annexing, doing the bus thing that’s coming through the center of the town. So there's a little bit of mixed emotion, I think, all of us have here.”
The most immediate change will be that the area will be patrolled by Springfield police, not the Lane County Sheriff's Office.