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Growth, renovations underway in Excelsior Springs

June 1, 2018 – Excelsior Springs is growing.

From new, larger locations for already existing businesses, to renovations that preserve the town’s historic beauty while bringing in new businesses, the city is experiencing steady growth and maintaining a momentum that excites city officials, business owners, and residents.

“It feels like the efforts from many people that have been working on promoting Excelsior Springs for the past several years, we are turning a corner,” said City Manager Molly McGovern.

Downtown Excelsior Partnership Executive Director Lyndsey Baxter said, “It’s happening—it’s really happening,” noting that downtown Excelsior is at capacity, with all buildings currently under contract. “It’s been decades since we have had this kind of investment happening in our town.”

Downtown is filled with the sounds of hammering, as scaffolding goes up around the old Excelsior Club and the cinder block front of the new Fishing River Market comes down, to be replaced by new windows. The construction on The Royal, which will offer new housing to seniors, will start soon. The building at 101 South Street has been purchased, and owners are in the process of obtaining Historic Tax Credits to rehab it into overnight accommodations.

Main Springs Arts opened, after months of communal effort, and Dubious Claims now offers residents and visitors alike a beautiful space to sit and enjoy a local brew.

Time-tested favorites continue to thrive and expand. Ray’s Lunch is getting a facelift, with new paint and signage. Kim and Bob Meadows, owners of local favorites The Mug and Bobkorn, purchased the beautiful building at 216 Spring Street and are moving forward with their plans to convert it into a coffee roasting company and commercial kitchen.

Growth is happening in other areas besides downtown.

“I’m excited that we are seeing improvements to the entire community. It’s not just the successes our downtown area are feeling, it’s on both the east and the west sides of our community,” said Economic Development Director Melinda Mehaffey.

Out at the golf course, construction on the new clubhouse and pavilion are under way. New businesses, such as Excel Nutrition, SySTEMic Learning, and others have taken occupancy of existing storefronts. A new ALDI location is slated for the corner of 69 Highway and McCleary, the new El Maguey is poised to open its doors soon, and the library will soon close its doors temporarily to undergo renovations that will bring residents an improved experience, with better technology and more space.

“Our leadership and our community has expectations that are being met. We will always have more that we can do, and our job will never been done,” Mehaffey said.

In addition to the above projects, El Maguey is slated to be completed later this month, and the golf course project, which will add a beautiful new clubhouse and pavilion, continues toward completion.

By Samantha Kilgore • samantha@leaderpress.com

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One Response to Growth, renovations underway in Excelsior Springs

  1. Dan Stockwell Reply

    June 5, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Great to hear about the downtown renovations. Anymore in the planning stages? Please continue to post photos.

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