On the rise

Springfield extends Buick construction 

SPRINGFIELD — Officials extended funding to transform the parking lot near the old Buick dealership into a mixed-use residential building, in the hopes of promoting economic vitality downtown and to bring new life to the historic corner. 

“What we hope to bring to Springfield is energy,” said Robert Scherer, Buick building owner. “And people downtown, but also enthusiasm for this area. There are a lot of developments like we’re proposing for the site in Eugene and it’s made us want to move some of that excitement to Springfield . . .