Last fall, Springfield Business Journal reported that the boutique clothing and gift store District 23 would be moving into 830 South Grand, the location occupied for many years by The Wardrobe. Now architectural firm Allied Design Consultants, Inc. has moved into District 23’s former location at 1413 S. MacArthur Boulevard.
Allied Design was previously located downtown for many years at 405½ S. Sixth St. However, being in an older building presented some challenges, according to owner Todd Hannah. “The space that we were in just needed some renovations, and with the parking and the stairs that we had to walk up to get to our office, it was a challenge. When the old District 23 building opened up, it was a good opportunity,” said Hannah. “Our old building still had that 1970s retro feel; District 23 had updated the (MacArthur) building.”
However, Hannah said their new location is actually smaller than their former office. “The previous partners had used every inch of that (downtown) space. I’m having to pare down and figure out what we really need,” he said, explaining that former partner Bruce Bollero retired at the end of 2017.
“We’re still very close to downtown,” Hannah said. “I think this new location will work out much better for us and our clients.”