Answer Man: What is being built on the northeast corner of West Republic Road and Highway FF? — Duane Greenquist, of Springfield
It’s a 158-unit complex called SilverLeaf Apartments LLC that, if all goes well, will be open by late fall or early winter 2022.
The development is on 10 acres and will consist of covered parking, as wells as garages and two four-story buildings, says Mitch Richardson, the project manager for the developer, JSB Investments, of Springfield.
One of the four-story buildings will have a basement; the other will not.
The units will have 49 one-bedroom apartments, 84 two-bedroom apartments and 25 three-bedroom apartments.
The apartments will be “upper scale,” Richardson tells me. Some will have a double-sided fireplace.
The $22 million development will have a pool.
I asked: Why the name “SilverLeaf”?
He wasn’t sure but mentioned that the “Silverleaf Taproom” was not far from the apartment site.
The bar is at 3151 W. State Highway M, Springfield, although its Facebook page says it’s not actually in the city limits and that’s why patrons can smoke inside.
It bills itself as the oldest bar in the area — opening on Jan. 22, 1972 — and that it serves the coldest beer. It is a beer-only bar.
Bar owner Jill Looney says the establishment was part of an addition to what was once called the Silverleaf Shopping Center, which dates to 1959.
“At the time, there was nothing here but fields and cattle,” she says.
She does not know if there ever was a landowner named Silverleaf.
Also nearby is West Silverleaf Street.
I checked our newspaper archives and on a hunch I searched for “Silverleaf Farm” knowing that much of the land on the outskirts of the city was once farmland.
I found a Sept. 21, 1958, ad in the paper for a sale at “Silverleaf Farm.” Registered Jersey cows were for sale.
The directions for the sale led to the general area of Highway FF and West Republic Road:
“1½ miles south of City Limits, Springfield, Mo., on Campbell St. Rd., (Highway 160), then 2½ miles west on highway M to railroad underpass, then go north to first house.”
These are the views of News-Leader columnist Steve Pokin, who has been at the paper 8½ years, and over his career has covered everything from courts and cops to features and fitness. He can be reached at 417-836-1253, email@example.com, on Twitter @stevepokinNL or by mail at 651 Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65806.