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Proposed project offers coffee, pickleball...

A drive-through coffee shop, food trucks, yard games with green space, an outdoor walk-up bar and six pickleball courts. Those are the amenities proposed to take up of a stretch of the city's incoming Grant Avenue Parkway at the corner of Grant and Grand streets.

Based on their comments during this week's Springfield City Council meeting, the city's elected officials seem poised to approve the proposed "Loose Goose" development. But professional city staff is urging council to vote down the Goose over walkability concerns in the pedestrian-friendly Grant Avenue Parkway.

Spurred by a more than $20 million federal investment, the Grant Avenue Parkway will create an off-street multi-use pedestrian and bicycle pathway from the city’s downtown to the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium and Bass Pro Shop.

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