Give input on new master plan for Downtown Springfield and the Mid-Illinois Medical District

A group of community partners are collaborating on a new Master Plan for Downtown Springfield and the Mid-Illinois Medical District.

The plan is intended to create a set of policies and programs that direct future growth and development. Additionally, the creation of a master plan can lead to strategies that will help guide community leaders as they make decisions regarding the project study area.

The Downtown Springfield and Mid-Illinois Medical District Master Plan will address the following topics: land use and reinvestment; placemaking for public realm activation and streetscape; and active transportation and parking.

The master plan will describe future goals and objectives for development, and include an action plan on how to achieve these goals and objectives. The plan will also examine how downtown Springfield and the Mid-Illinois Medical District can continue to serve the community with shopping, recreation and service needs. This can include activation of public spaces, improvements to pedestrian and bike accessibility, mix of land uses and businesses and opportunities to enhance public art.

Community members can get involved in all the master plan activities, from data collection to community visioning and mapping, to the creation of community goals and objectives. Visit

Springfield Downtown and Medical District Master Plan ( to see all the opportunities available to give input, including public meetings, online surveys and questionnaires, and an interactive mapping tool.

The Master Plan is funded by a collaboration between the City of Springfield, Community Foundation, Springfield Sangamon Growth Alliance, Downtown Springfield, Inc., and the Mid-Illinois Medical District.

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