Glenwood annexation 'an opportunity for Springfield to grow'

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - The annexation of the Glenwood area into Springfield will now allow residents and businesses in Glenwood to access Springfield city services such as water and sewer, as well as allow the area to be patroled by Springfield Police.

The Springfield City Council approved the annexation Monday. Springfield communications manager Niel Laudati said Tuesday that they "see it as an opportunity for Springfield to grow."

Laudati said annexation plans have been in the works for years and they hope this will soon allow new development opportunities in Glenwood and Springfield.

"There's already an application into the city to build a hotel on 1.33 acres of land," Laudati said.

Garry Weber with Roaring Rapids Pizza in Glenwood said he's excited to see more development.

"It's been proven out in other areas and even other restaurants that they're not going to harm us, that development really does help. It creates an excitement and synergy to bring folks to an area and keep them longer," Weber said.

Currently Oregon State Police and Lane County Sheriff's Office share jurisdiction in Glenwood. Weber said businesses can benefit from Springfield police.

"We think our relationship with Lane County has been great. Also it's just that they're spread a lot thinner, with the large county that we are, so it would be an improvement for us in public safety where Springfield police will be able to serve us," said Weber.

Laudati said, "We could see some development relatively quickly, but as far as massive changes on Franklin Boulevard or redesign of Franklin Boulevard, that would be down the road."