Springfield Renaissance Corp buys downtown building

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - The force behind the Wildish Community Theater and other Springfield projects has purchased a downtown property.

Springfield Renaissance Development Corp purchased the building at 331 Main St. last month, according to the president of the non-profit, former mayor and current state Rep. John Lively.

The corporation has plans to put space to retail use to draw more customers to the downtown area. "More of those types of businesses help the other ones that are here; the cafes, the econo-sales, all of those that are here, the more everybody can do to attract people, the more likely they will succeed, too," says Lively.

It's a three part building: two of the spaces are occupied by a wellness coach and a signmaker.

A 1,000 square foot space is empty: that's what they want to fill. It used to be home to an H & R Block tax prep office. SRDC member and local banker, Tom Draggoo, tells KVAL News, "But someone is going to come along and look at this space and go, 'That's what I'm looking for. It's the right size, it's the right price, it's in a great location.'"

The development corporation paid $170,000 for the building. Lively said they hope by spring 2014 to have a tenant lined up, like a bakery or bookstore or other retail.