The fate of these structures is one of the issues that arose during Jenkins’s conversations with Galloway area residents. It’s well documented that some of these conversations have been contentious, and the rezoning for the Treadway development is subject to approval by a voter referendum, which is on the Springfield ballot November 8.
Regardless of the character of the interactions, Jenkins says that his discussions with Galloway residents led to a thoughtful design plan. “The development that you see today is the reflection of collaborations with the neighborhood,” Jenkins says. In addition to the preservation of the four buildings mentioned above, Jenkins says that Treadway’s building permits are contingent on the following commitments:
• 100 mature trees that are currently on the property to be protected
• 500 new native species plants to be planted
• An additional 29 trees to be planted.
We reached out to the City of Springfield for comment and verification. Cora Scott, Springfield’s director of public information and civic engagement, provided the following information:
• Regarding the buildings, Scott said, “The proposed Planned Development is proposing to preserve the existing structures (Treadway Building, Purple Shamrock and Sequiota Bike Shop) located at 3521, 3527 and 3535 S. Lone Pine Avenue to preserve and rehabilitate following the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and minimum maintenance requirements.”
• Regarding the trees to be preserved, Scott told us the correct number is 102 trees. She referred us to page 119 of the Treadway building plan.
• Regarding the native species plants, Scott referred us to page 119 of the plan, which indicates that 552 shrubs are to be planted. The breakdown is listed as 54 buffer yard shrubs, six perimeter shrubs, 173 plants for a vegetative parking screen, and 319 other proposed shrubs to be shown on the final landscaping plan.
• Scott also provided the following information related to trees: “All existing trees of 6-inch caliper or greater shall be preserved or replaced with 2-inch caliper trees in accordance with the attached site plan and the city ordinance with at least 7 trees per acre.”
Jenkins says these commitments and the collaboration with Widner, who’s known for creating intentional spaces with a hyper-local focus, demonstrate the level of care he and his wife Amanda have put into the plans for Treadway. “I hope people would understand that Amanda and I are deeply rooted in this community and we truly care about this community,” he says. “Springfield as a whole and specifically Galloway village.”
Widner says he’s excited by the prospect of opening businesses in Galloway and replicating the neighborhood atmosphere of spots like Cherry Picker. “[At Cherry Picker], we see people for coffee in the morning, lunch in the afternoon and drinks at night,” Widner says. “That’s an exciting thing to happen in your community.”