With just a few blocks separating
Wittenberg’s picturesque 95 -acre
campus and 120 acres of “underutilized”
downtown Springfield land, it is natural
that city leaders would seek input
from students on how to revitalize the
community. They got that in a lively
campus forum, April 19.
“The synergy created around renewed
downtown investment – including
a $ 30 0 million regiona l medic a l
facility development – is one of the
greatest opportunities a community
like Springfield can build upon,” said
Executive Assistant to the Springfield
City Manager Shannon Meadows ’99.
“The Wittenberg market is significant
to downtown revitalization and success
of commercial investment in the area.
It is critical that city planners and local
leaders understand the perceptions
and expectations of university students
when planning for a renewed urban
Meadows, who also serves as interim
director of human relations, housing
and neighborhood services for the City
of Springfield, and Heather Whitmore,
Spring f ield pla nning a nd zoning
administrator, coordinated the meeting,
which attracted more than 60 Wittenberg
students, faculty and staff members.