Kevin Wills

  • donated 2018-08-29 14:52:05 -0400

    Residential Revival Project

    With the Residential Revival Project, SPAR seeks to assist a minimum of one low-to-moderate income resident each year with the costs of exterior maintenance and restoration of their historic homes. Volunteer work weekends include tasks such as painting the exterior of the house, refurbishing railings, planting trees and flowers, replacing floorboards on a porch, and many other odd jobs that can preserve the property over time. In 2017, SPAR worked with a senior resident to complete a small scale exterior renovation that included necessary maintenance and repair due to the age of the home. With $1000 for materials and the help of donations and volunteer work, SPAR was able to do the equivalent of $8000 worth of repairs. In 2018, the Residential Revival Project benefited a long-term Springfield disabled Veteran and his wife. Thanks to generous donations and volunteer work, SPAR was able to take an initial $1,000 and turn that into the equivalent of $15,000 worth of repairs. Our 2019 Residential Revival Project took place at 223 W 8th Street. Chris and Beth lived in the home for the last 23 years and raised their daughters there. This unique property on one of Springfield's main roads, features a butterfly style front porch, whose restoration was the focus of our 2019 project.





    Due to the success of Residential Revival and continued need in the neighborhood for similar projects, SPAR has introduced an application process for Historic Springfield neighbors to be considered for this program. Our 2020 project is yet to be determined. Please download the application at the link below and submit to for consideration.  
    Our Residential Revival wouldn't be a continued success without partnerships with local Jacksonville businesses. We are continually open to partnerships with Jacksonville businesses to preserve and revitalize the historic homes in the neighborhood. If your business is interested in contributing through donation of materials, trade work, or volunteer hours, please email

    If you would like to contribute financially to the Residential Revival Project, your donation will have a lasting impact on the community. (Any excess funds will go towards future Residential Revival Projects.)



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