The Historic McKnight Neighborhood
Developed between 1870 and 1900, McKnight is the largest and most intact, wood-frame, late-nineteenth century neighborhood in New England. Among its more than 800 houses are some of the most elegant homes in Springfield. McKnight is many things but most of all a community. Check out why we think McKnight is special.
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Our next monthly meeting is January 13, 2015 from 6 pm—8 pm
At the Rebecca Johnson School Cafeteria, Catharine Street
McDonald’s Proposed Relocation--Update
Develop Springfield, a non-profit community development corporation, has entered into a tentative agreement with the current McDonald’s franchise on State Street to relocate and expand its operation to the old River Inn property on the corner of State Street and Thompson Street/
McDonald’s representatives and the owner of the franchise appeared at the October and November Council meetings, seeking a letter of support as they move forward to obtain the necessary permits from the City.Residents turned out in large numbers to oppose the relocation, citing serious concerns about the crime magnet that fast food restaurants create, more air quality pollution from larger numbers of idling cars; the traffic that will be funneled off of State Street and driven through the residential streets in the neighborhood; the voluminous amounts of litter generated; and the increased availability of poor quality food options in the area.
The McKnight board voted 6-3 opposing the proposed relocation. The developer will go forward to try and obtain approvals from the City. A re-zoning permit is needed for part of the property, and a permit for the drive-through window. Residents for and against are encouraged to follow City hearings and meetings and make their voices heard.
McKnight Neighborhood Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, November 12, 6 pm @ Rebecca Johnson School
On the agenda, the proposed McDonalds relocation to Thompson Street, and the property at 29 Ingersoll which is boarding Cathedral High School students.
McDonald’s Proposing a Move to Thompson Street
McKnight Council Looks for Neighborhood Input
The owner of the McDonald’s restaurant currently at the corner of State and Sherman Streets is moving forward with plans to relocate to the old River Inn property at the corner of Thompson and State.
According to plans presented at the October 9 neighborhood monthly meeting, the restaurant will have a drive through window, landscaping at the back of the lot to buffer residential neighbors, and plans to be open 24 hours. The owner is requesting a letter of support from the Neighborhood Council to help gain approval for his various permit applications to the City.
The Council requests that neighbors come forward offer their opinions on this proposal, so that the Board can make an informed decision about whether or not to support it. Please email any thoughts or questions to the McKnight Board at email@example.com or plan to attend the monthly neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, November 12, at 6pm at the Rebecca Johnson School, 55 Catharine Street.