Drury University students design Commercial Street's future

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Springfield, MO Commercial Street has come a long way in recent years. And, there is a lot of excitement from individuals wanting to see it go even further.

Helping design the future for this historic district are students at Drury University's Hammons School of Architecture. The department has worked on similar projects like this in the past, each time focusing on a small part of the area.

The students are learning about the tools and techniques that will help them in their careers. At the the same time, Commercial Street merchants and residents are benefiting from their infusion of new ideas.

This year, students are studying ways to incorporate and improve like the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge and Frisco Lane. Other proposals include making the district a self-sustaining eco-friendly community, and incorporating more green space and pedestrian features,

On Tuesday, the students unveiled some of their ideas at a special open house on C-Street. Another event is planned for October 3rd, at a time and location yet ton be announced.