Latrice Williams, Savannah Morning News

When Dee Moncrief walked into the empty, dilapidated cottage on Laurel Street in Springfield, it was not love at first sight. But she did not give up on the idea of turning the rundown building into an event venue.

Downtown Springfield needed residents like her to believe some good could come out renovating structures with old bones.

“It was a burnt-out shell of a house,” said Moncrief.

She rehabbed the little cottage now known as Moncrief Square and is just one of the businesses residents enjoy now that downtown Springfield is spruced up.

“We went through a transformation with the downtown area but the best part was that we had great support from the city,” said Moncrief. “Everybody was excited about what we were doing.”

Moncrief, a real estate broker, is one of the founding members of the Springfield Downtown Development Authority. Founded in 2016, the board has been tasked with bringing the area back to life . Things began to turn around between 2019 and 2020 but it took years of planning and financial risk for residents to set up shop downtown.

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