Growth in Galloway: New residential, retail, and restaurant project going up
With dirt moving on yet another development, it looks like Galloway is on the grow.
"It has always been this hidden gem in Springfield I feel like," said Brent Brown of Galloway Creek Development Group.
For decades, the neighborhood has been a sleepy, out of the way spot. Now, change is happening.
Township 28, a planned condo apartment community, opened last year. Now, next door, dirt is moving for Galloway Creek. The four-story residential and retail project is named for the little body of water that flows through the neighborhood.
Brian Kubik of Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative Architects stated, "If you think about Galloway, it is in the middle of town. It is in the middle of Springfield, and it is somewhat untapped."
"I am very excited about this all coming, and I have been waiting for it for many years," said Debra Moore of Inspirational Home, a home decor, garden, and gift boutique on Lone Pine Ave. "I think it is going to bring a lot more traffic."
Kubik explained "It is really how downtowns were created. So they are doing it in different locations, and Galloway is just the perfect spot for that." He added, "We are using old bricks, we are using black steel. We wanted it to feel like it has been there for a while.
Galloway Creek will include 66 apartments, a hot yoga studio, coffee shop, and a steakhouse by the Jalili family called "Chop." The Jalili's already operated well known Springfield restaurants including Flame, Touch, and Black Sheep Burger.
Builders say a blight redevelopment and tax abatement plan passed by Springfield City Council last year are encouraging construction.
"And, that certainly is a big deal to developers," Brown said.
Galloway Creek is set to be done in September 2018. Both Brown and Kubik said additional projects by other developers are coming soon.
"People say it is like a little getaway outside of Springfield," Moore stated. "I think people are excited about the changes."