Galloway Village Neighborhood Association leadership and other stakeholders in the Galloway area met with City of Springfield staff in February to plan the community engagement process whereby the City will gather input for the future development of the Galloway/Lone Pine area.
Senior Planner Olivia Hough is leading the engagement process and says the February meeting was a fantastic kick-off.
“We have a great group of folks who are interested in seeing all the possibilities for Galloway while preserving the village’s history and unique character and charm,” Hough says. “Along with people who have chosen to live or do business in Galloway in recent years, we have families who have lived there for generations, starting at the turn of the century when Galloway was a company town operated by the quarry. We look forward to hearing all of the input from this wonderful varied group.”
The stakeholder group (comprised of Galloway Village residents, property owners and business owners; Ozark Greenways; the City’s departments of Public Works, Environmental Services Planning and Development; and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board) voted to brand the community engagement process “Our Galloway” and selected a logo from several options designed by staff from the City’s Department of Public Information and Civic Engagement (PIO).
Hough asked the group what they liked most about Galloway.
“I fell in love with Galloway’s charm over 20 years ago when I first saw it,” said Betsy Johnson, president of Galloway Village Neighborhood Association. “That’s why I chose this neighborhood when I moved to Springfield from Kansas City five years ago.”
About Faces Photography owner Wendy Huscher said her favorite characteristics of the area are the historic buildings around the park; peaceful, natural atmosphere; greenspace and trails; and winding roads.
“I like the feeling of ‘getting away,’” said Firehouse Pottery owner Amie Vandamme. “I also appreciate the historic charm and am grateful for the people trying to preserve it.”
Green Circle Projects’ Jessica Pearson said she loves that Galloway has the walkability of a big city, but the feel of a village.
“My family made a purposeful decision to relocate to Galloway so we would be surrounded by nature, have a larger acreage on which our kids could play, and enjoy the unique characteristics of the valley that set it apart from any other area of Springfield,” said Marcie Kirkup, vice president of the neighborhood association. “We relish the tranquility of our neighborhood and the fact that there are deer, turkey, and other wildlife in our yard throughout the day. It’s a slice of heaven.”
The first public input meeting was held March 21 at All Saints Anglican Church. Two additional public meetings are planned for spring and summer to gather input for the future of Galloway, which will be announced via a mailed postcard and on Galloway Village Neighborhood Association’s Facebook page. Please join the neighborhood association’s Facebook group to stay informed about the process.
Comments from the meetings and surveys the City conducts, will be posted on the City’s website at springfieldmo.gov/ourgalloway.
Once the public input process is complete, Planning and Development staff will present a report to City Council in late summer with recommendations. The report will be posted at springfieldmo.gov/ourgalloway.
In 2014, Springfield City Council adopted a blight study and redevelopment plan for the area north of East Lacuna Street and south to East Republic Road along the 3400 to 4100 blocks of South Lone Pine. Since then, development along the Lone Pine corridor from Battlefield to Republic Road has intensified. The unique topography of the area, along with increased retail and residential multifamily development has brought to light a variety of development issues.
After meeting with interested parties last fall, Zone 4 Councilman Matthew Simpson in requested a resolution for an administrative delay for rezoning and lot combinations in the Lone Pine corridor so that City staff could gather input and develop recommendations. The resolution was passed in November 2018. The 270-day development moratorium expires Aug. 2.
History of Galloway
Nearly 200 years of history tie to the area today known as Galloway. It’s named for Major Charles Galloway, a Mexican-American War and Civil War veteran who was also a locally well-known farmer and merchant.
However, the first white man in the area is said to have been Jacob Painter. In 1840, abstract records show he spent $200 to purchase 160 acres of land that he later broke up and sold to locals.
Around a half-century later, the area’s main lifeblood — its quarry — really took off. It was purchased by Ash Grove Lime Works, (now Ash Grove Concrete) a transaction that seemingly happened in the 1880s.
Upon the purchase, the community grew, thanks to the relocation of employees to the quarry, which also had operations throughout the Ozarks.
The area along today’s Lone Pine Avenue was much different in those days. While the avenue ends near the intersection of U.S. 60 and 65, in the past it went through and was the first road to connect Springfield and Branson. It was a stop on the Chadwick Flyer, a rail route that went between Springfield and the Christian County town of Chadwick.
The area was also popular with tourists. Even in the late 1800s, visitors frequently came out to nearby Fisher’s Cave — at today’s Sequiota Park — for picnics and more.
At one point, the cave was used as a grocery store (operated by the aforementioned Maj. Charles Galloway); to raise mushrooms, rhubarb, celery and frogs, for their legs; and eventually, as a fish hatchery and state park, which spanned 1920 to 1959, when the operation was relocated to Table Rock Lake and the park was donated to the Park Board. Just down the road, Half-a-Hill, a popular dance hall, was added in 1920.
The City of Springfield annexed Galloway in 1969. It has since been home to hundreds of residents; a flock of peacocks; Galloway Baptist Church; several restaurants, bars and tea rooms; the Galloway Creek Greenway Trail, a pottery-painting business and a veterinary clinic.
In the late 1980s, the area became a destination for crafts and antiques, branding itself as Galloway Village. After the blight designation in 2014, three apartment buildings, a retail center and a spa have sprung up along Lone Pine, with other developments planned.
Galloway Village Neighborhood Association became the City’s 20th registered neighborhood in November 2018. The neighborhood associations service area boundaries are Battlefield Road to the north, James River Freeway to the south, U.S. 65 to the east and Glenstone Avenue to the west.