Developer reveals new plans for historic Missouri Hotel in Springfield

Published: Aug. 18, 2021 at 12:02 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2021 at 12:16 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - A Springfield developer has revealed big plans for an historic Springfield building.

Developer Titus Williams of Prosperiti Partners bought all the buildings on the former campus of The Kitchen a few years ago. He also purchased many other buildings in the Commercial Street area, totaling 25. Williams is working with Queen City Real Estate, Anderson Engineering and Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective on the plans.

Williams’ biggest plans include the former site of the Missouri Hotel building. He plans to once again make it a boutique hotel, as it was in the beginning. It served as a homeless shelter for The Kitchen for the last few decades, until the non-profit closed the shelter, and then moved its campus. Williams says there are more than 90 rooms now, but to make the rooms larger, they’ll take out some walls and cut that down to around 35.

The Missouri Hotel is just one part of his master plans for a mixed use development in the historic Commercial Street district.

“We’re working with the neighborhood association,” said Williams. “We’re working with the Commercial Street folks to see what actually creates the best benefit for this area, for the neighborhood, for Commercial Street, for north Springfield and the city as a whole. So we have multiple different groups coming together trying to try to help with that process.”

“We see that as one of the anchors for Commercial Street because, particularly to our east end, that’s a very strategic location, because that’s the entryway,” says Lyle Foster, owner of Big Momma’s coffee shop. “And it kind of sets the stage, the anticipation, for the rest of the historic district.”

Williams says he is currently working on the designs and historic tax credits before they can start construction. He is also looking for a boutique hotel operator to manage the building in the future and help them with the plans. Williams hopes they may be able to begin work on the Missouri Hotel around the middle of next year.

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