The Next Boom: Officials see Rogersville as next SWMO town primed for development



Earth is moving 20 miles east of Springfield in an area officials have deemed the next market primed for development in southwest Missouri.

In Rogersville, developments are bringing rooftops to the city, a move town officials expect to spur commercial development and municipal revenue.

“You get commercial when you get rooftops, and our rooftops haven’t been significant enough for people to go, ‘Gosh, I want to go out there,’” said Jon Hill, mayor of the town of roughly 3,800 people. 

If you build it…

Rooftops are on the way.

Morelock Builders & Associates Inc. is working on a $100 million residential development on 42 acres dubbed Logan Estates Community. North of Citizens Bank of Rogersville along U.S. Highway 60, crews are moving dirt and constructing a 72-unit apartment complex, 40 multifamily housing units, 35 single-family homes and 20 units for residents over 55 years of age.

“When we looked at opportunities for development in and around Springfield, it became obvious that, given the proximity, there had been an overlooked market,” said Wayne Morelock, owner of Morelock Builders. “Rogersville at this point is really east Springfield.”

Morelock plans to be developing Logan Estates for the next three to four years. The apartments are slated first, in about eight months, he said, followed by the 55-plus units within 12 months. The single-family lots should be available in the next 90 days. 

Morelock said the company purchased the land 12 years ago, and the acreage already had all utilities accessible.

Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective and Marshall Waters Woody and Associates Inc. were hired for architecture work.

Morelock said there are 9 acres planned for commercial use on the southwest corner of the development along Main Street, potentially a convenience store to start.



SBJ From the Ground Up: Springfield Plaza, Phase II

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Springfield Plaza, Phase II


Owner/developer: Grace One LLC and Rankin Development LLC
General contractor: Ross Construction Group LLC
Architect: Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective
Engineers: Lee Engineering and Associates LLC, civil; Miller Engineering PC, structural; and Buxton Kubik Dodd, mechanical, electrical and plumbing
Size: 23,500 square feet
Estimated cost: $1 million, per city permit
Lender: Central Bank of the Ozarks
Estimated completion: September
Project description: Phase II of the estimated 150,000-square-foot Springfield Plaza retail center near West Bypass and Sunshine Street is underway, with national discount store chain Five Below Inc. (Nasdaq: FIVE) signed on as a tenant. Co-developer Tom Rankin of Rankin Development LLC said Five Below will fill about 9,000 square feet out of 23,500 square feet on the development’s west end next to Burlington Coat Factory. He said he’s currently in discussion with an undisclosed tenant for 10,000 square feet, and another 4,500 square feet is available for lease. A $1 million declared valuation is listed on a city permit for the Phase II building, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting. Rankin said there is no timeline for Phase III of the estimated $78.5 million development on 98 acres.



SBJ From the Ground Up: Anderson Engineering Inc. headquarters



From the Ground Up: Anderson Engineering Inc. headquarters

3213 S. West Bypass


Owner/developer: Anderson Engineering Inc.
General contractor: Base Construction & Management LLC
Architect: Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective
Engineers: Anderson Engineering Inc., civil; Miller Engineering PC, structural; and Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective, mechanical, electrical and plumbing
Size: 15,000 square feet
Estimated cost: $2.5 million
Lender: Commerce Bank
Estimated completion: December
Project description: Base Construction & Management crews broke ground in late February after Anderson Engineering officials received a property rezoning and annexation from Springfield City Council. The acquisition of 9 acres from property owner Donald Williams was contingent upon the zoning change to highway commercial from suburban residential, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting. Anderson Investment Group LLC now owns the land, according to Greene County assessor records. Plans call for a 10,000-square-foot office and a separate 5,000-square-foot materials testing lab with a loading dock. “Separating the two spaces makes sense,” company CEO and President Neil Brady said. “They’re dealing with all the construction materials. It’s noise, the materials – it’s everything.” Upon completion, he said Anderson Engineering will relocate its 40 corporate employees, currently working at 2045 W. Woodland St.



BluCurrent’s fourth branch opens

PHOTO PROVIDED BY BLUCURRENT CREDIT UNION  BluCurrent Credit Union’s 3216 S. Glenstone Ave. location spans 2,500 square feet


BluCurrent Credit Union’s 3216 S. Glenstone Ave. location spans 2,500 square feet


Springfield’s largest credit union opened its fourth branch.

BluCurrent Credit Union’s 3216 S. Glenstone Ave. location opened Monday, according to a news release.

“We’re confident this new location will strengthen new and existing relationships to help us better serve the personal and business banking needs of the community,” BluCurrent President and CEO Craig Tabor said in the release.

Nesbitt Construction Inc. served as general contractor for the 2,500-square-foot branch designed by Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective. The cost was estimated at $765,000, Springfield Business Journal previously reported.

Located south of the Glenstone-Erie Street intersection, the branch was built on previously vacant land adjacent to a Central Bank branch and a Hampton Inn hotel.

BluCurrent ranked No. 1 on SBJ’s 2019 list of the area’s largest credit unions, published in April. The company reported 2018 assets of $186.5 million, deposits of $165.4 million and loans of $160 million, as well as over 22,000 members.

The company operates two other branches in Springfield and a location in Nixa, according to its website.



Ozzie Smith-branded clinic to open in central Springfield

SBJ PHOTO BY GEOFF PICKLE   IMAC Holdings CEO Jeff Ervin checks up on construction at the Ozzie Smith clinic in the Sagamore Hill Center.


IMAC Holdings CEO Jeff Ervin checks up on construction at the Ozzie Smith clinic in the Sagamore Hill Center.

Ozzie Smith-branded clinic to open in central Springfield


Brentwood, Tennessee-based IMAC Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: IMAC) is working to bring a regenerative health care clinic to a rapidly filling central Springfield mixed-use center.

Branded after the Hall of Fame former baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Ozzie Smith IMAC Regeneration Center is scheduled to open this fall by Oct. 1, said IMAC Holdings CEO Jeff Ervin. He visited Springfield this morning to check on the progress of infill construction by Branco Enterprises Inc. at the Sagamore Hill center, across from Mercy Hospital Springfield at Sunshine Street and National Avenue.

“It’s quite central to the population of Springfield,” Ervin said of the choice to lease 7,500 square feet at the center for undisclosed terms.

Andrea Graddy, a spokeswoman for IMAC, said the 15- to 20-employee center would utilize a specialty health care process that combines new technologies with physical and chiropractic therapies as an alternative to surgery or prescription pain medicine.

“You can use the healing power of your own body to regenerate tissue,” she said, pointing to stem cells and platelet-rich plasma used in the regenerative health care process.

Ervin declined to disclose infill costs for the clinic designed by Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective. Located adjacent to the recently opened Neighbor’s Mill Bakery & Cafe, the Ozzie Smith IMAC Regeneration Center fills the remainder of the easternmost building at the Sagamore Hill center, said Ryan Murray of R.B. Murray Co., which serves as the listing agent for the development.

Murray provided documentation showing the easternmost, 3,800-square-foot building and a roughly 1,500-square-foot spot in the central building, next to Craft Sushi, are the only remaining spaces left in the 23,546-square-foot center. The center is less than a year old.

For IMAC Holdings, the new center becomes the flagship location in Springfield after its entry into the market last year with the purchase of Advantage Therapy LLC, Ervin said. Ozzie Smith IMAC centers also are located at 1845 E. Turner St., Ste. E, and 2017 W. Woodland St. in Springfield, as well as Ozark and Monett.

Ervin said IMAC operates 14 clinics, and their names change based on the brand ambassador, with others including Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price, University of Kentucky basketball Hall of Famer Tony Delk and and Mike Ditka of the NFL.

For the new Springfield clinic, Ervin said Smith may appear in the fall for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.



The Rock is ready to roll in Galloway

PHOTO PROVIDED BY THE ROCK    The Rock restaurant and bar is set to begin operations June 10 at the Quarry Town development.


The Rock restaurant and bar is set to begin operations June 10 at the Quarry Town development.


The second anchor tenant for the $14 million Quarry Town development in Galloway Village is on the verge of launching.

Opening day for The Rock, a restaurant and bar from the owners of Bair’s Sports Grill, is scheduled June 10.

Located at 4018 S. Lone Pine Ave., the concept owned by Tim and Jennifer Bair is inspired by landmarks such as Stone Chapel at Drury University and St. John’s Episcopal Church, which used stone quarried from the Ozarks.

“I guess opportunity drew us there,” Tim Bair said of the desire to become part of Quarry Town, a mixed-use development from Green Circle Projects LLC. “I was always familiar with the Galloway area, such as Sequiota Park. I just love the history of the area.”

The Rock’s pending opening was preceded in Quarry Town by the December 2018 launch of Great Escape Beer Works LLC, a two-story brewery owned by Jake and Jen Duensing. Great Escape is the other anchor tenant for the development.

Bair declined to disclose startup costs for the approximately 2,900-square-foot restaurant, but noted the architect was Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective with infill work by H.C. Rogers Construction Group LLC. The Bairs signed a 10-year lease with a pair of five-year options with Green Circle Projects at an undisclosed rate.

“It’s a little more upscale casual,” he said of the restaurant’s interior decor, which features use of dark walnut, marble and nearly 25-foot ceilings.

Seating is extensive, Bair added, with capacity for 122 people inside and approximately 75 more outside with a covered deck, as well as a pair of patios complete with fire pits.

“We’re going to have a little bit of everything for everyone,” Bair said, regarding the menu filled with burgers, sandwiches, pizza, salads and soups. “It has a lot of healthier options.”

Some menu offerings include an ahi tuna poke, cauliflower crust pizza, quinoa, and chicken topped with gruyere and chimichurri sauce.

The menu at The Rock is designed to be a complement to its brewery neighbor, Great Escape, which doesn’t sell food, Bair said.

“We’ve become pretty good friends with those folks,” he said of the Duensings.

The Rock plans to have a kiosk set up at Great Escape that will allow patrons to order food electronically and not have to leave the brewery to eat.

“They can place an order, pay for it and it prints at our kitchen next door, and we’ll bring their food over, “ he said. “It’s something we’ve never done, but it’s a win-win for both of us.”



Businesses relocating to historic, renovated Bolivar building

PHOTO PROVIDED BY DOUGLAS, HAUN & HEIDEMANN PC  Ollis/Akers/Arney and Douglas, Haun & Heidemann soon will be tenants at the First National Bank building, where renovations are nearly complete.


Ollis/Akers/Arney and Douglas, Haun & Heidemann soon will be tenants at the First National Bank building, where renovations are nearly complete.


Insurance company Ollis/Akers/Arney and law firm Douglas, Haun & Heidemann PC are relocating their Bolivar offices to a renovated, historic building on the city’s square.

They’ll each occupy space in what’s historically known as the First National Bank building when renovations are completed this summer, according to Pat Douglas, the developer of the 108 N. Main St. property and an attorney at Douglas, Haun & Heidemann.

“This building has held more than just history within its walls. It’s helped establish the town of Bolivar as we know it today,” Douglas said in a news release. “I’m proud to have spearheaded this project, bringing life back to a piece of history on the Bolivar square.”

The building, according to the release, was built in 1907 after being designed by Kansas City architects Thomas Wight and Edward T. Wilder. FNB occupied the building until 1932, when the Great Depression forced a sale to Polk County Bank. The building has been sold multiple times and has housed businesses including Ozarks Utilities Co., Empire Electric Co., Adams-Adams Mortgage Co., Walker’s Dairy Bar and Philly’s Ice Cream.

The building is registered as a historic place with the National Park Service under the criteria of architecture and commerce, according to the release.

The move for Springfield-based Ollis/Akers/Arney comes after the agency entered the Bolivar market last year with the purchase of The Paul Long Agency. It currently operates at 417 S. Springfield Ave. and is scheduled to relocate on June 1.

Paul Long, according to a separate release, leads Ollis/Akers/Arney’s Bolivar market. With the move to Main Street, Long will be a third-generation family member to work on the Bolivar square.

“That’s pretty special and means so much to me and my family,” he said in the release.



Salute To Springfield's Soul: Get To Know The Medical Arts Building

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Medical Arts Building 1930

Exciting announcement coming Spring of 2019 about this local landmark!

The Medical Arts Building was built in 1928-1930. The building was erected at the southeast corner of South Avenue and Pershing Street at a cost of $425,000. It soon was filled to capacity, mainly with doctors, dentists and other medical-related offices. It was conveniently located near St John's Hospital, Burge Hospital and Baptist Hospital. The eight-story building was owned by bondholders under the directorship of the Greene County Medical Arts Association.

In 1944 Springfield real estate dealer O.L. Burger purchased the building. The building was at 90 percent capacity at the time of the sale. The following year Arthur Eichholz purchased the building. He owned the building for 18 years along with General Properties, a family corporation including Eichholz’s son Richard and Maurice Bilyeu. During this time the building was consistently at nearly full capacity. It was renamed the Empire Building.


“New ideas need old buildings.”

New life coming to the Medical Arts Building.

In 1963 Butler And Associates, an architectural firm, purchased the Empire from General Properties Inc. They paid over $300,000 for the building. Throughout the 1960s and through the 1970s the Empire fell on hard times. Park Plaza Development Company purchased the building in 1972. In April, 1974, each of the nine remaining tenants received letters asking them to vacate the building. Empire Bank had acquired the property through a foreclosure. Empire Bank had a second mortgage on the building and a first mortgage on its parking lot. Great Southern Savings had a first mortgage on the building. The Empire was vacated on May 1, 1974. In 1976 Diversified Land and Cattle Company acquired the building. Partners James Crawford and Darence Clenginger were the first occupants. In 1978 the Springfield City Directory listed the building’s name as Park Central Towers. In 1977 Burrell Behavorial Health moved into the building, where they stayed until 1984. By 1980 there were several tenants in Park Central Tower. The 1985 City Directory shows Great Southern Insurance occupying several floors, the Greene County Democratic Committee in the ground floor and miscellaneous other businesses in the building. From approximately 1990 to the present Great Southern Bank has occupied the entire building.



SBJ Spring 2019 Architects & Engineers Project Report: Innovative Dental

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Posted online March 25, 2019 | 3:03 pm

Innovative Dental
3192 E. Farm Road 188

Innovative Dental plans to open its second office in early 2020 just south of the Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital on U.S. Highway 65. It’s designed as a two-story building with a modern steel frame, a glass lobby and exposed structural steel. Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective is the project architect and mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer. Larry Snyder & Co. is the general contractor, and engineering work is from Anderson Engineering Inc., civil and landscape; and Miller Engineering PC, structural.



SBJ Spring 2019 Architects & Engineers Project Report: The Cliffs at Long Creek, Phase III

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Posted online March 25, 2019 | 2:56 pm

The Cliffs at Long Creek, Phase III
915 Long Creek Road, Ridgedale

The six-story addition to The Cliffs at Long Creek vacation resort is on a cliff overlooking Table Rock Lake, just south of the Route 86 bridge. The 53-unit project is a joint venture between Bluegreen Vacations and Big Cedar Lodge. The design blends a rustic aesthetic with the surrounding landscape. Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective served as project architect and provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering work. Additional engineering was by Anderson Engineering Inc., civil; J&M Engineering LLC, structural; and SWT Design Inc. (St. Louis), landscape. The project is slated for completion in summer 2020.