turner 3rdst 083122SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Doris Turner is partnering with the City of Springfield and Sangamon County to invite residents to a public meeting highlighting the Third Street Corridor Redevelopment on Thursday, Sept. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bank of Springfield Center.

The open house will allow local residents to learn more about economic development plans in downtown Springfield and provide input.

“For years, I have heard from Springfield residents about the loud train noises and congestion in downtown Springfield,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “Residents are extremely passionate about these revitalization efforts. This public meeting is an opportunity for folks to learn more about the improvements and voice their thoughts and opinions.”

Turner fought to secure $250,000 to begin the next phase of the Third Street Corridor redevelopment in Springfield. She believes these vital dollars will help the community unite and grow the city’s economy by kick-starting economic growth downtown.

“Not only will this help create a quiet zone but through consolidating these rail lines we are removing obstacles to economic development and promoting a greater sense of community,” Turner said. “We need to continue to look for ways to promote commerce along the trail. This is another step that is being taken to support our downtown businesses.”

Turner sees this project as another step in promoting a fresher charm to the area.  

“Improvements like the Third Street Corridor Redevelopment will help encourage people who work downtown to frequent the area more,” Turner said. “There are a ton of downtown small businesses that are investing in our community, now it is our turn to give them the resources to be successful.”