Demolition begins on historic home at Sunshine and National in Springfield

Crews began demolishing a historic Springfield home after weeks of contentious debate.
Published: Oct. 4, 2022 at 10:48 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2022 at 10:46 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Crews began demolishing a historic Springfield home after weeks of contentious debate.

The company, BK&M LLC, which stands for Be Kind and Merciful, asked the city to rezone four homes for commercial businesses at Sunshine Street and National Avenue. The city will decide on the rezoning in November. The development team hopes to add new businesses to the corner.

“It was a business decision to bring it down today,” said BK&M co-founder Ralph Duda. “It was also a decision for public safety. We don’t want people on this lot. It’s a hazard.”

Some neighbors say they are worried the already traffic-ridden intersection will become worse with the addition of more commercial locations. Other neighbors argue the development will impact the historic area of the neighborhood.

”I think this was rammed down our throats,” said University Heights resident John Walstrand. “And I don’t understand why Mr. Duda and his partner are doing this when the neighborhood has obviously said repeatedly we are not in favor of this.”

Duda says the next steps include an application to rezone the property into general retail by October 10 and attending the planning and zoning meeting in mid-November.

Demolition and cleanup should last the week.

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