Springfield Stories: A Corner Attraction

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Authored by Lily Hinz

If you ever find yourself on Market Street at its intersection with East 6th Street, you will notice a pristine, colorful and fun landscape outside a charming yellow duplex. If you are fortunate enough to drive by around the time of a holiday, you will likely take pause to marvel at and snap a quick picture of the décor there. Heather Bishop and Jennifer Ramsey work tirelessly on their themed decorations for holidays, while also maintaining their standard landscaping year round.

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Sculpture Walk Springfield: Call to Artists

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Sculpture Walk is coming to Henry J Klutho Park in the Springfield Historic District. A partnership between Sculpture Walk Jax, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and SPAR, the project will display ten large scale sculptures with up to four being purchased as permanent pieces for the community. SPAR is supporting this project with a $5,000 matching grant (courtesy of funds generated by our Jacksonville Porchfest event) and is also coordinating lighting, landscaping and seating with City of Jacksonville. The end result will be like nothing else in Jacksonville!

Artist submissions will be accepted until September 1st, 2017, and the opening reception will be held on November 4th, 2017 during Jacksonville Porchfest. Click here to download all the details!

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More Facade Grants Awarded in Springfield

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We are excited to announce the second round of awards from the SPAR + SAMBA facade grant program. Congrats to the following projects!

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SPAR Recognized in LISC Annual Report

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We are proud to have selected as a featured partner in LISC's national annual report, highlighting just a portion of the work we do in our community. 

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First Wave of Facade Grants Awarded

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We are excited to announce the first wave of awards from the SPAR + SAMBA facade grant program. Congrats to the following projects!

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Proposed Changes to the Springfield Zoning Overlay

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Statement Regarding Proposed Ordinances 2017-36, 2017-68 and 2017-69

Summary

On Monday evening the Board of Directors of Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council, Inc. (SPAR) held a special meeting to review proposed City of Jacksonville Ordinances 2017-36, 2017-68 and 2017-69. The board members in attendance voted unanimously to oppose this legislation, on the grounds that the recommended changes to the Springfield Zoning Overlay and Historic District Regulations were drafted without appropriate community input; are unnecessary; are unfairly applied; and are potentially harmful to future development of the historic district. Further, the proposed changes do not accomplish the stated goal of the settlement agreement, which is to protect the rights of disabled citizens to live wherever they choose in Jacksonville. Instead, the effect of the agreement is to single out Springfield to be the default and de facto area in Jacksonville for disabled housing.

(Read below for the full statement)

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Farewell 2016, Hello 2017: A Message from Our Executive Director

10384830_10206104777609189_1884257910601957856_n.jpg2016 was a busy year for SPAR, and for Springfield.  Our signature annual events – the Historic Springfield Tour of Homes, the July 4thCelebration and Throwback Baseball Game, and Jacksonville PorchFest – were all bigger and better than ever, with record attendance and lots of great publicity for our community. 

We hosted preservation workshops, worked with the City and its agencies on dozens of issues, completed numerous neighborhood cleanups, and activated our parks.  We brought street light banners and a beautiful “Welcome to Springfield” mural to Main Street, supported proposed and existing businesses, and welcomed many new neighbors.

None of these activities would be possible without the support of hundreds of Springfield residents. The SPAR Board and I are deeply appreciative of each and every contribution of time and other resources. (Continued)

 

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Parks Progress Update - Winter 2016

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The Springfield Historic District neighborhood is lucky to have a number of parks within our community. A variety of park improvement and maintenance projects are now underway. Here's an update . . .

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Meet the Candidates for the 2016 Board of Directors

At the November 10th, 2016 annual community meeting, SPAR members will vote on candidates for our Board of Directors. The current Board of Directors is confident these four candidates would be valuable assets in helping lead the Springfield Historic District forward, are proud to present them to Membership for their approval.

If you have any questions for these candidates, please submit them prior to the annual meeting via email to the SPAR office at sparoffice@sparcouncil.org, and the candidates will provide their answers at the annual community meeting on November 10th.

Meet this year's candidates . . . 

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Works Begins on "Welcome to Springfield" Mural

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We're happy to announce an exciting new project supporting arts and culture in our community. Work recently began on a "Welcome to Springfield" mural at 1101 N. Main Street (aka Main Space) which will serve as a bold visual key to visitors and be an iconic symbol of Springfield's support for the arts.

The mural is being installed by Grant Thornton, a Georgia-based artist, and was commissioned by SPAR with funds generated through its annual Jacksonville PorchFest. PorchFest is a free event showcasing local and regional musicians, visual artists and the beautiful architecture of Historic Springfield. The third annual Jacksonville PorchFest is Saturday, November 5th, 2016.

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