Springfield Nonprofit Buys Property

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A local nonprofit is attempting to draw in new business to the downtown Springfield area.

The Springfield Renaissance Development Corporation (SRDC) just bought property on Main Street.

The SRDC is best know for its work with the Wildish Center just down the street from the property. And it, along with neighboring businesses, are hoping to repeat the success they’ve had there.

Maria Avila owns her own salon, D’Maria Salon, in downtown Springfield.

“When I moved here 10 years ago, I was hearing all about downtown revitalization, you know, and the changes is huge, a lot and better every day,” Avila said.

When she heard about SRDC’s recent purchase, she was very happy.

“We just keep growing and growing, and I think it’s very good if they can help people to start their business. It’s definitely a very good idea,” Avila said.

“Springfield Renaissance Development Corporation just purchased 331, 333 and 335 Main Street,” said Denise Bean, SRDC Board Member.

Board members spent the last two Sundays repainting the one available space.

“This property is our investment in downtown Springfield, and our whole mission is to take one property at time and find tenants that fit with the downtown plan,” Bean said.

They hope to entice a business that not only fits the plan, but shares their vision. And they’re not alone.

“I want someone to invest and have the dream I was…and a lot of people, a lot of companies can come and invest, and I know they can be successful. I was successful for 10 years. I know they can be,’ Avila said.

The 331 Main Street property is currently the only spot available for rent.

SRDC members are hoping the changes they make here will not only draw in a new business, but continue to help them make this downtown the bustling center they know it can be.

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