Mandie Marron

  • published Little Free Libraries of Springfield in Media & Blog 2021-06-15 11:45:54 -0400

    Little Free Libraries of Springfield

    Throughout Historic Springfield, one of the most beloved installations to be found is the collection of Little Free Libraries. The Little Free Library program started in 2009 in Hudson, Wisconsin with a small handful of libraries. In the eleven years since the first library was built, the Little Free Library network has grown to include over 100,000 registered libraries in over 100 countries worldwide. An estimated seven of those make their home in our one square-mile.

    The newest Little Free Library addition to Historic Springfield is now located at the SPAR Building (1321 North Main Street). Charter #50646 was donated to SPAR by our neighbors, the Breitmosers. It was then revamped and designed by our neighbor and friend, Heather Bishop. Devised to look like it belongs in our historic district, the library resembles a house and even has a solar light to illuminate the inside at night for easy book browsing. SPAR couldn't be more thrilled with this fantastic addition to our Main Street property.

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  • published SAMBA Membership Directory in Business 2021-06-14 13:50:17 -0400

  • Delores Barr Weaver issues matching challenge for SPAR Building restoration

    Mrs. Weaver has pledged $50,000 to the effort if the community can raise $50,000 in a 1:1 match. 

    Contact: Kelly Rich          

    Phone: 904-353-7727

    Email: [email protected]

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 10, 2021) –  Springfield Preservation and Revitalization, or SPAR, is excited to announce that Jacksonville philanthropist Delores Barr Weaver has issued a matching challenge to help the organization reach their fundraising goal for capital improvements of the SPAR Building located at 1321 North Main Street. The building, which SPAR acquired in 1994, was catastrophically damaged during Hurricane Irma forcing the nonprofit to move into a temporary space off Main Street shortly thereafter. 

    Mrs. Weaver, a long-time supporter of many charitable causes in Jacksonville, has pledged to contribute $50,000 through a 1:1 match, challenging the Northeast Florida community to step forward with $50,000 to unlock her gift. This gift will be made through the Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Fund at The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida.  

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  • published SPAR Welcomes New Marketing Coordinator in Media & Blog 2021-06-07 12:20:55 -0400

    SPAR Welcomes New Marketing Coordinator

     

    Vaughn Murphy has been settling in to his new role as Marketing Coordinator with SPAR. Please give him a warm welcome when you see him! 

    A little about Vaughn:

    Vaughn was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, and attended First Coast High School. By the 10th grade, he was the school’s band brass section leader and by senior his year, the band’s Head Drum Major leading over 100 members. In that same year, Vaughn dove headfirst into DJing when the DJ for the school’s band party got sick and Vaughn jumped in to save the day with his stack of CDs. Since then Vaughn (more famously known as DJ Stylez WorldWide) has grown to work with some of the biggest artists in the music industry. In 2003, he was the hype DJ for the “I’m Serious Mini Tour” featuring TI, Lil Wayne, Master P, Young Buck, Three Six Mafia and in 2004, the official DJ of the ten-city tour.

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  • published Board Meeting - 4/19/2021 in Board Meeting Notes 2021-05-24 12:37:16 -0400

    Board Meeting - 4/19/2021

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

    Monday, April 19, 2021

    6:00pm @ SPAR Building & via Google Meet

     

    CALL TO ORDER

    The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Hope, at 6:15 pm.

     

    Present:  Board Attendance

    Tim Hope (President), Joey Marchy (Vice President), Kelly Lezama (Secretary), Bryant Shumaker, Aaron Leedy, Mallik Singareddy, Pamela Batts-Brown, John Shermetaro (Treasurer), Ben Alcorn, Ryan McFarland (Late), Jennifer Chapman, Christine Lane, Janie Coffey

    Absent:  Soner Acar, Michael Montoya

    Guests: Bill Hoff, Todd & Hazel Hollinghead

    Staff: Kelly Rich

     

    MOTIONS:

    1. Motion to accept the Consent Agenda & March Board meeting minutes as presented: APPROVED
    2. Motion to appeal both 1043 Walnut St. & E. 11th St. demos as long as we are within the 21 day appeal time frame.  AMENDED MOTION ADD: and volunteers are willing to assist with covering fees on the said appeals: APPROVED
    3. Motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:47pm. 

  • published Community Meeting - May 2021 in Community Meeting Notes 2021-05-17 14:25:19 -0400

    Community Meeting - May 2021

    Date: 5/6/2021

    Location: SPAR Office Virtual Meeting (1321 North Main Street)

    Time: 6 pm

    Kelly Rich, SPAR Executive Director, welcomed the approximate 25 guests online to the meeting.

    Kelly introduced the Perkins & Will Team. They shared their vision for the Park Redevelopment Design Competition underway for the site formerly known as The Landing. 

    Kelly discussed the progress of moving back into the SPAR Building at 1321 North Main Street and the Building for the Future Capital Campaign. The campaign has raised approximately $350,000 of the $500,000 goal. Every donation would greatly help SPAR move closer to the goal of covering the costs of the total restoration of the building. She showed before and after pictures of the progress within the building so far, including the layout of the downstairs Community Collaboration Center, outside staircase to the 2nd floor, and the upstairs headquarters for SPAR. Kelly shared a mockup of the Prairie Cross glass etching, which will show appreciation for donors, and will be displayed outside of the Community Collaboration Center.

    Kelly gave an update from SAMBA (Springfield Area Merchants and Business Association) and the Springfield Commercial Corridor. She informed attendees that there are currently 76 members of SAMBA, who are represented by the SAMBA Advisory Committee within the Commercial Corridors discussions. SAMBA meetings are free to visit and open to anyone in Springfield or those who want to do business in Springfield. SAMBA membership levels include two tiers for returning members (General at $100 and Executive at $250). New members of SAMBA can join at $50 for the first year with an Introductory membership. SAMBA works to invite quality speakers and include resources beneficial to small businesses.

    SAMBA sponsors two grant programs for its membership - the Quarterly Mini-Grant for members’ events and the Facade Grant. The SAMBA Mini-Grant helps offset costs for members’ events and programs. In 2021, SAMBA doubled the budget for the Facade Grant and awarded three businesses (Hof’s Printing, Bishop Classic Motors, and RE/MAX Supreme) with grants so far. Applications for both grant programs are available on the SPAR website.

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  • SPAR Announces UF Health Week in Springfield

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 6, 2021) –  Springfield Preservation and Revitalization, or SPAR, is excited to announce that Historic Springfield has been chosen as the host site for UF Health Week May 10–14. While much of the public honors health care workers daily, UF Health hosts a special celebration annually, which coincides with National Hospital Week. UF Health is the third largest employer in the city, and SPAR aims to introduce employees to the unique businesses in the Springfield Historic District. 

    To show appreciation for UF Health’s role in the community, more than 14 local businesses have partnered with SPAR to offer discounts and incentives to UF Health employees. It is a prime example of the unique opportunities that SPAR looks for to promote Historic Springfield’s commercial corridors. Local business owners feel that UF Health employees who experience the personality of the neighborhood will become regular customers. Seeing more UF Health badges on Main Street and throughout the neighborhood will become an everyday experience. 

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  • published Board Meeting - 3/22/21 in Board Meeting Notes 2021-05-04 11:51:24 -0400

    Board Meeting - 3/22/21

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

    Monday, March 22, 2021

    6:00pm @ SPAR Building & Google Meet 

     

    CALL TO ORDER

    The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Hope, at 6:14pm.

     

    Present:  Board Attendance

    Tim Hope (President), Joey Marchy (Vice President), Kelly Lezama (Secretary), Bryant Shumaker, Aaron Leedy, Mallik Singareddy, Pamela Batts-Brown, John Shermetaro (Treasurer), Ben Alcorn, Ryan McFarland (Late), Jennifer Chapman, Michael Montoya, Soner Acar, Christine Lane

    Absent:  Janie Coffey

    Guests: Evan Metz, Jack Shad, & Brian with Alberi, Bill Hoff, Todd Hollinghead, Hazel Hollinghead 

    Staff: Kelly Rich

     

    MOTIONS:

    1. Motion to accept the Consent Agenda & February Board meeting minutes as presented: APPROVED
    2. Motion to write a letter against demolition of East 11th St. - APPROVED
    3. Motion to write a letter against the demolition of 1043 Walnut St. - APPROVED
    4. Motion to write a general letter of support for the spirit of Alberi but not for particular PUDs or Variances - APPROVED
    5. Motion to adopt the Resolution regarding Preservation of Historic Alleyways - Amend document to remove “...as a public right of ways, of not only the currently passable alleyways, but all alleyways that have not been legally blocked or legally closed through city ordinance...” - APPROVED (one NAY vote)
    6. Motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:29 pm. 

  • published Board Meeting - 2/15/21 in Board Meeting Notes 2021-05-04 11:49:21 -0400

    Board Meeting - 2/15/21

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

    Monday, February 15, 2021

    6:00pm via Google Meet 

     

    CALL TO ORDER

    The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Hope, at 6:03 pm.

     

    Present:  Board Attendance

    Tim Hope (President), Joey Marchy (Vice President), Kelly Lezama (Secretary), Bryant Shumaker, Aaron Leedy, Mallik Singareddy, Pamela Batts-Brown, John Shermetaro (Treasurer), Ben Alcorn, Janie Coffey, Ryan McFarland, Jennifer Chapman, Michael Montoya, Soner Acar

    Absent:  Christine Lane (E)

    Guests: Bill Hoff, Todd Hollinghead, Hazel Hollinghead

    Staff: Kelly Rich

     

    MOTIONS:

    1. Motion to accept the Consent Agenda & January Board meeting minutes as presented: APPROVED
    2. Confirm Email Vote for Joyce Holbrook Award & Todd Hollinghead as the 1st recipient: APPROVED
    3. Motion to approve dissolution of Block Captains Committee and absorb items into other committees: APPROVED
    4. Motion to approve up to $100 annually for cloud backup for office computer: APPROVED
    5. Motion to approve up to $4,000 for legal representation for secondary insurance claim: APPROVED
    6. Motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:56 pm. 

  • published Board Meeting - 1/18/2021 in Board Meeting Notes 2021-04-29 13:30:27 -0400

    Board Meeting - 1/18/2021

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

    Monday, January 18, 2021

    6:00pm via Google Meet 

     

    CALL TO ORDER

    The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Hope, at 6:08 pm.

     

    Present:  Board Attendance

    Tim Hope (President), Joey Marchy (Vice President), Christine Lane, Kelly Lezama (Secretary), Bryant Shumaker, Aaron Leedy, Mallik Singareddy, Pamela Batts-Brown, John Shermetaro (Treasurer), Jennifer Chapman, Ben Alcorn, Soner Acar, Janie Coffey, Ryan McFarland

    Absent:  Michael Montoya

    Guests: Diane Grease, Todd Hollinghead, Hazel Hollinghead, Bill Hoff, Daniel Ashworth

    Staff: Kelly Rich

     

    MOTIONS:

    1. Motion to accept the Consent Agenda, December Board meeting minutes, & Emergency board meeting from 1/14/21 minutes as presented: APPROVED
    2. Motion to approve up to $3500 for a Commercial Christmas Tree for the Holiday Society to purchase: APPROVED
    3. Motion to send a letter to HPC to regarding the preservation of Springfield Historic district fabric: APPROVED
    4. Motion to issue a statement in support of the spirit of the proposed PUD with the understanding that SPAR does not and never supports the closing of alleys as they are an integral part of the Historic Fabric of Historic Springfield.  Amended Motion - Motion to issue a statement in support of the spirit of the proposed PUD (Ord 2020-747) with the understanding that SPAR does not support the alley closure referenced in the PUD nor any other instance as they are an integral part of the Historic Fabric of Historic Springfield: APPROVED
    5. Motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:13pm.

  • Community Meeting - February 2021

    Date: 2/4/2021

    Location: SPAR Office Virtual Meeting (1334-1 Walnut Street)

    Time: 5:30 pm

    Kelly Rich, SPAR Executive Director, welcomed the approximate 25 guests online to the meeting.

    Kelly introduced Kristin Keen, Executive Director of Rethreaded, who will soon be moving to Historic Springfield at 9th and Ionia Streets. Rethreaded is a nonprofit whose mission is to renews hope, reignites dreams and releases potential for survivors of human trafficking locally and globally through business. They do this by providing survivors with long-term employment coupled with mental health care and care management. Rethreaded has been in the Railyard District for the past 9 years in a location with only 2600 square feet, and they employ 27 people. The retail, production, and administration branches for their organization have all been within that space with no room for them to grow.

    Kristin announced that Rethreaded has officially closed on the building at 9th and Ionia streets and are officially moving to Springfield. The campus and it’s included buildings are about 36,000 square feet. Rethreaded will be using 20,000 square feet of the campus and renting out the additional space. This nearly quadruples Rethreaded’s capacity to hire and serve more survivors of human trafficking.Renovations are currently taking place with a soft move-in date of April 2021. Rethreaded plans to build out an industrial kitchen, running a third party logistics company, and expand their sewing production. The retail space will be expanded to 2800 square feet with business hours from 9 am to 5 pm.

    Kristin expressed that when the Rethreaded team came to Springfield for the initial tour of the space, they were impressed by the welcome they received from the neighborhood with representatives of SPAR and members of the neighborhood in attendance. They still have funds to raise for the property and are creating a prayer and meditation garden for survivors. Members of the community can purchase a personalized brick to be added to this space for $125. The community can literally pave the way for Rethreaded to help more survivors of human trafficking to reclaim their lives. Rethreaded can’t wait to help change more lives with the Springfield community and bring restoration and hope to continue to rethread.

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  • published Music on Main in Events 2021-02-11 08:10:49 -0500

    Music on Main - Free Music Series

    Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council (SPAR) is pleased to announce an extension of the lease for the use of Sesquicentennial Park (1527 N. Main Street) throughout 2021 and the return of Music on Main, their successful music series launched as a part of the 150th Anniversary of Historic Springfield. Music on Main will be taking place on the last Wednesday of each month from March to June 2021 in Sesquicentennial Park. The event will include food trucks, live music, beer and wine, and will be free and open to the public. The park will open on each event date at 5:30 p.m. and music will be featured from 6-8:30 p.m. 

    “We’re excited to continue to bring this free music series and public space to the Jacksonville community,” Kelly Rich, SPAR executive director said. “Sesquicentennial Park has been embraced by our local residents as part of our Main Street corridor and we are glad to see its continued use in 2021.”

    Mark your calendars for the last Wednesday in March, April, May, and June for the next Music on Main dates. 

    Bring a blanket and picnic with local food trucks that will be in the park, plus beer and wine, all available for purchase from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Music begins at 6 p.m. 

     


  • published Board Meeting - 12/18/20 in Board Meeting Notes 2021-02-10 12:08:12 -0500

    Board Meeting - 12/18/20

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

    Monday, December 21, 2020

    6:00pm via Google Meet 

     

    CALL TO ORDER

    The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Hope, at 6:10 pm.

     

    Present:  Board Attendance

    Tim Hope (President), Joey Marchy (Vice President), Christine Lane, Kelly Lezama (Secretary), Bryant Shumaker, Todd Hollinghead, Aaron Leedy, Mallik Singareddy, Pamela Batts-Brown, John Shermetaro (Treasurer), Jennifer Chapman, Ben Alcorn, Janie Coffey, Soner Acar

    Absent:  Michael Montoya

    Guests: None

    Staff: Kelly Rich

     

    MOTIONS:

    1. Motion to accept the Consent Agenda & November Board meeting minutes as presented: APPROVED
    2. Motion to approve working with Conventus on a trial basis for up to 6 months and using up to $6,000 in funds: 10 - AYE; 4 - OPPOSED (Ryan, Soner, Aaron, Bryant) : APPROVED
    3. Motion to change wording in Financial Policies & Procedures to: The organization’s Executive Director will assist in preparation of an operating budget to the Finance Committee for approval by the  Board of Directors no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of the new fiscal year.” - APPROVED
    4. Move to reinstate the current 2020 Executive Committee (Tim Hope - President, Joey Marchy - VP, John Shermetaro - Treasure, Kelly Lezama - Secretary) for another year term in 2021.  - APPROVED
    5. Motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:58 pm.

  • published Board Meeting - 11/16/20 in Board Meeting Notes 2021-02-10 12:04:09 -0500

    Board Meeting - 11/16/20

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

    Monday, November 16, 2020

    6:00pm @ Brick and Beam w/virtual option 

     

    CALL TO ORDER

    The meeting was called to order by President, Tim Hope, at 6:16 pm.

     

    Present:  Board Attendance

    Tim Hope (President), Joey Marchy (Vice President), Christine Lane (virtual), Kelly Lezama (Secretary), Bryant Shumaker, Todd Hollinghead, Aaron Leedy, Mallik Singareddy, Janie Coffey, Pamela Batts-Brown, Michael Montoya, Sonar Acar, John Shermetaro (Treasurer)

    Absent: Jennifer Chapman (Excused), Michael Montoya

    Guests: Bill Hoff, Ben Alcorn

    Staff: Kelly Rich

     

    MOTIONS:

    1. Motion to accept the Consent Agenda & October Board meeting minutes as presented: APPROVED
    2. Motion to approve the 2021 proposed budget as presented: APPROVED
    3. Motion to select the alley beautification as first choice and Holiday society as second choice for the COJ matching grant proposal. Amended motion to make the Holiday society decorations as first choice: APPROVED, 1 Nay  Secondary Amended motion to make the holiday society decorations as first choice and sidewalk bulb out as second choice: APPROVED
    4. Motion to approve the proposed slate of directors for election/reelection as presented: APPROVED
    5. Motion to approve the Bylaw wording change in Article 8, Section 2 as presented below:  APPROVED
    6. Motion to write a letter of support for the Boys & Girls club: APPROVED
    7. Motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:52 pm.

  • published Historic Springfield Art Tour in Neighborhood 2021-01-14 13:27:26 -0500

  • published Bike Improvements in Springfield in Media & Blog 2021-01-07 12:22:27 -0500

    Bike Improvements in Springfield

    On Wednesday, January 6th, SPAR and the City of Jacksonville held a joint public meeting to discuss plans for the implementation of more bike infrastructure in Historic Springfield. This meeting focused on the future resurfacing of two streets: (1) 1st St from Main St to Palmetto St and (2) Boulevard St from 8th St to 19th St. The overall goal is a change in striping to add bicycle facilities and motorized safety improvements.

    For more information on this upcoming 2021 project, please refer to the links below:

    For Files presented at the meeting: view this page (this link expires 7 days from 1/7/2021)

    To download the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, sign-up for quarterly newsletter updates, or request a bike rack see: https://www.coj.net/pedbike

    For the Northeast Florida Regional Trails Master Plan, see here: North Florida TPO Regional Trails Report

    If there are any other questions or comments, please reach out to Karissa Moffett, the COJ Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, via email or phone (904) 255-7830. For PDFs of the full renderings, please email [email protected] .

     


  • published SAMBA Accomplishments in Business 2021-01-06 11:12:46 -0500

    SAMBA Accomplishments

    Springfield Area Merchants and Business Association (SAMBA) has grown and flourished throughout the past four years since its merger with SPAR. 

    Since the inception of the Facade Grant program in 2017, over $18,000 in grants have been disbursed to sixteen Springfield businesses. Due to the success of the Facade Grant program, there will be an increase in available funds in 2021.  

    In late 2019, SAMBA introduced the Quarterly Mini-Grant, which will assist neighborhood businesses in the planning and promotion of business-related events in Springfield. A total of $750 in mini-grants have been disbursed to three Springfield businesses in the last year with a handful of applications ready for 2021.

    During the COVID19 Pandemic, to benefit Historic Springfield businesses, the SPAR Boost Gift Card Campaign was successfully launched. Participants could sell gift cards whose values were boosted $10 or $25 (depending on the starting value) thanks to a donation from a generous neighbor. This initiative alone invested $7500 in our small businesses. SPAR hosted some smaller promotions to honor local frontline workers at SAMBA businesses. During the month of May, SPAR put together a Mother’s Day Gift Basket which was filled with goodies from five different Historic Springfield small businesses, as well as highlighted our local Black-owned SAMBA members in June. At the height of the pandemic, Springfield didn’t lose a single business, rather quite a few opened over the course of 2020.

    Throughout 2020, while respecting social distancing protocols, SAMBA hosted meetings, provided funding for grantees, and continued to grow in membership. In grand total, SAMBA held:

    5 SAMBA networking meetings

    1 virtual webinar on Cares Act funding

    1 virtual webinar on Diversity Training 

    1 virtual webinar on Sustainability solutions 

    6 Facade Grants

    3 Mini-Grants

    12 New members

    28 Renewing Members

    12 Increasing level Members

    In 2019, SAMBA formed an Advisory Committee, made up of SAMBA members, to assist SPAR’s Commercial Corridor and Beautification Committee with the disbursement of SAMBA funds and with future projects for our commercial districts. This committee was designed to represent business owners from each aspect of the community. Positions are designated as follows: two in the food/beverage industry, one in retail, one in home-based business, and one property owner. 

    SAMBA leadership continually works with local governmental agencies to provide beautification and pedestrian upgrades to the neighborhood; including improvements to crosswalks, plantings in tree wells and on Main Street medians, more trash cans for our sidewalks, and electrical improvements on Main Street. 

    We’ve had a lot of growth in the last four years. In 2017, we had an average of 12 attendees at our meetings, in 2018 we grew to an average of 24 attendees, and in 2019, we maintained our average of 25 attendees. Despite the pandemic in 2020, we still held monthly meetings both online and in person welcoming speakers and resources directed towards helping our businesses gain access to vital funding and assistance. 

    Membership has grown from no regular dues paying members in 2017 to 73 members as of 12/29/2020. An interesting note is that many of our members have joined or renewed at our highest tier giving an 100% increase in Executive Level membership in 2020. 

    SAMBA works with local publications that are willing to offer discounted promotions for the Springfield business community. In November 2020, SPAR’s “Business is Booming” video is being aired, via a partnership with WANDER Media, in 75 hotels from St Simons Island to St. Augustine and at Jacksonville International Airport. By SAMBA funding this amazing promotional opportunity, our goal was to utilize holiday traffic and encourage visitors to come check out Springfield during the holiday season.

    SAMBA leadership is consistently working with Visit Jacksonville to promote our local businesses through their Springfield neighborhood page, Top Lists in Jax, and social media. And for the first time in 2020, SAMBA partnered with the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl for our local businesses to be highlighted to ticket holders as part of the Fan Experience. This was successful in a positive economic impact right at the New Year.  

    As an addition to Historic Springfield’s Sesquicentennial celebration in 2019, we coordinated a collaboration between Springfield’s three breweries, Aardwolf Brewing Company, and Intuition Ale Works to create a special beer called the Ses-Q Saison. Through our partnership with Champion Brands, we hosted pop-up events throughout Northeast Florida for this beer. This gave the Springfield breweries significant additional exposure for their brands and built awareness of Springfield as a whole.

    We are generally one of the first points of contact for businesses who are interested in opening in Springfield. From meeting with business owners to discuss neighborhood needs, logistics, and playing “match maker” with commercial property owners; we are a valued resource for new business owners. We also have ongoing discussions with developers about Springfield neighborhood needs; and have had multiple meetings about potential grocery stores and gas stations coming to the neighborhood. We are also a resource for established businesses, and have helped find sponsors, vendors, musicians, and volunteers for events hosted by Springfield businesses.

    If you’re interested in learning more and getting involved, please join us at a monthly SAMBA meeting held every 2nd Monday at 6pm (hosted by a member each month).


  • published SPAR Accomplishments in About 2021-01-06 11:05:26 -0500

  • published Visit Springfield in Neighborhood 2020-12-15 15:18:02 -0500

    Visit Springfield

    STAY in our Historic District

    Established in 1869, and located north of Downtown Jacksonville, Springfield is the oldest neighborhood in Jacksonville. Once home to the city’s wealthiest residents and famous silent firm stars (Jacksonville used to be the winter film capital of the world!), our historic neighborhood is now filled with restored mansions (and bungalows), hip restaurants, locally owned shops, murals, some of the city's oldest parks, craft breweries and tons of southern charm with majestic oaks providing protective shade and a beautiful visual along its residential streets. Popular festivals like PorchFest and the Springfield Tour of Homes attract thousands of visitors each year.

    There are plenty of options for travellers to stay in Historic Springfield during their visit to Northeast Florida. Consider Jax Brickhouse, which opened in 2016, the building holds five apartments with three available for vacation rentals in a beautifully renovated historic property. Silver Street Management is another great choice with multiple affordable rentals throughout the neighborhood for both small and larger groups.

    SHOP with our Local Businesses

    You’ll find a variety of fantastic and award winning dining options in Springfield, including 1748 Bakehouse, 1 Foxy Lady Café & Catering, Crispy’s Springfield Gallery, Hola Mexican Restaurant, Icecapade Frozen TreatsUptown Kitchen & Bar, The Cookbook Restaurant, and Wafaa N Mike’s Café . For delicious coffee, don’t miss Social Grounds Coffee Company. For those on the Ale Trail, don’t miss Springfield breweries Hyperion Brewing Company and Strings Sports Brewery. Beer not your style? Check out Springfield's newest wine bar, The District

    Springfield has seen a steady influx of small retail shops popping up over the last few years.
    Simply Ke’say Boutique specializes in the latest fashions for elegant, classy, and sophisticated women. Beauty needs can be met by stopping Avela Day Spa, Makeup Craze Beauty, and AMillion Strands. If skateboarding is more your speed, head to The Block Skate Supply which boasts the coolest footwear, apparel, and hardgoods from both local and global brands. If you run into any home and hardware needs, check out family-run, An Olde Tyme Hardware, which has been in the Springfield area for over 70 years! And for some fun, Sweet Christi's offers fantastic bath and body products in the shapes of some of your favorite sweets. Owner Christianna Alexander is only 15 years old, making her the youngest of Springfield's entrepreneurs! 

    ENJOY Art, Nature, History, Sports

    Historic Springfield offers a plethora of amenities for all interests. Henry J. Klutho Park offers Jacksonville's first StoryWalk, a baseball field, tennis courts, and is home to the Springfield Disc Golf Course. For the art and museum lovers, Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum sits near the southeast corner of Klutho Park and is always ready for visitors to peruse its current manuscript or regional art collection. Don't forget to cruise around the neighborhood to see the collection of public art on display with our curated Art Tour

    If you want a personal and unique guided tour of the neighborhood, be sure to check out Go Tuk'n or Pedal Pub. They each have several tours to choose from with themes such as breweries, art, and history all in the beautiful Springfield neighborhood.

    According to WalkScore.com, Springfield is the most bikeable neighborhood in Jacksonville’s urban core. You’ll find bicycle repair stations in Henry J. Klutho Park (intersection of Pearl and 3rd St) and behind the SPAR building at 1321 N Main Street. Visitors can enjoy a ride on the S-Line Urban Greenway or easily ride to many of Jacksonville’s other attractions. Whether it's to the Riverside Arts Market, Jacksonville Farmers Market, or the Stadium Area, Springfield continues to be one of the most connected and easily bike-able neighborhoods in the Urban Core. Want to experience it yourself? SPAR organizes bike socials throughout the year, free and open to all ages and skill levels. In the meantime, you can Explore the Core yourself using these suggested routes and activities.


  • published SPAR's 2020 Accomplishments in SPAR Accomplishments 2020-12-11 21:11:28 -0500

    SPAR's 2020 Accomplishments

    2020 has been a challenging, albeit rewarding year, for Springfield Preservation and Revitalization. Despite the cancellation of our beloved PorchFest, there have been an incredible amount of achievements and accomplishments for both SPAR and the neighborhood as a whole. 

    During the COVID19 Pandemic, SPAR chose to put its attention on the Historic Springfield Small Business community when business owners needed the most support. SPAR successfully launched the SPAR Boost Gift Card Campaign, where gift card values were boosted $10 or $25 (depending on the starting value) thanks to a donation from a generous neighbor. This initiative alone invested $7500 in our small businesses. SPAR hosted some smaller promotions to honor local frontline workers with a free drink at Social Grounds Coffee and a free cookie at The Sweet Spot and Urban Lounge. During the month of May, SPAR put together a Mother’s Day Gift Basket which was filled with goodies from five different Historic Springfield small businesses, as well as highlighted our local Black-owned SAMBA members in June. At the height of the pandemic, Springfield didn’t lose a single business, rather quite a few opened over the course of 2020.

    Throughout 2020, while respecting social distancing protocols, SPAR hosted programming with appeal to both our neighbors, as well as residents across the city. In grand total, SPAR held:

    12 Community Clean Ups

    7 Music on Main Events

    6 Bike Socials

    4 Quarterly Community Meetings

    3 Historic Preservation Workshops

    3 Holiday-Themed Porch Decorating Events

    2 Springfield Sunday Events 

    6 weeks of Kickball in Klutho with JaxFray

    2 Speaker Series Events

    1 Local Vendor Market

    The Holiday Society was incorporated into SPAR in 2020 and the already established group of volunteers was eager to get to work on making Springfield an even bigger holiday destination. They worked with Visit Jacksonville to create self-guided tours of decorated houses for Halloween and Christmas to be added to the Visit Jax website. These maps were used to incentivize people to walk, bike, or drive and enjoy the beauty of the neighborhood during the Holidays. This project was successful in bringing visitors from all over the City of Jacksonville and the NE Florida region to visit Springfield. 

    SPAR is grateful for the ongoing partnership with the We’re For Jesus Center which allows us to continue to activate Sesquicentennial Park at the corner of Main Street and 6th Street. This year, after conferring with representatives from Riverside Arts Market and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, SPAR adopted protocols to help with social distancing including drawing out social distancing squares before each performance to provide space between attendees. Sesquicentennial Park has become the place for outdoor live music on Main Street and hosted our seven Music on Main events, as well as our Holiday Market this year. We partnered with local food trucks and vendors to make each event unique.

    One of many reasons that Springfield is a fantastic place to live is the bike-ability of the neighborhood. Our Bike Socials have become a mainstay in our programming lineup and has seen considerable growth since its inception. This year, we hosted six coordinated Bike Socials in Historic Springfield and throughout the Urban Core, including RAM, Evergreen Cemetery, and the Railyard District. We hosted our first Bike-A-Boo!, a brand new tradition to explore and enjoy Historic Springfield’s fall decorations. Our Bike Socials experienced a record-setting year with 50+ riders attending each Bike Social of all ages and skill levels. 

    In 2020, SPAR offered three free Historic Preservation Workshops to our community. One workshop was hosted at the Hyperion Brewing Company, while an additional two were held virtually on Zoom with 15-20 current and potential Springfield residents at each. We partnered with the City of Jacksonville’s Planning and Development Department staff to administer informative presentations about different aspects of what is expected when renovating historic properties. Presentations focused on guidelines for windows, doors, and fencing, as well as the COA Process for both residents and real estate agents. Through our promotion of these events, we’ve had other preservation-focused nonprofits from elsewhere in the country reach out to us for guidance on how to host their own workshops. The recorded webinar on the COA Process can be found on our YouTube Channel.

    SPAR hosted two Speaker Series events in 2020 at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. The first took place in February and focused on the Lost Streetcars of Springfield and was hosted by Robert Mann, who took us back to a time when Jacksonville once had the largest streetcar system in Florida and chronicled their popularity until their eventual demise. The second took place in July, both in person and online, where we welcomed local author, Tim Gilmore, who shared the story of serial killer and Springfield resident, Ottis Toole.


    SPAR hosted a Community Clean Up during each month of 2020. At the height of the pandemic, Block Captains focused on encouraging the Adopt-Your-Block dynamic so that neighbors could focus on the areas around their residences, rather than getting together as a large group. Block Captains also made sure that each quadrant of the neighborhood was spotlighted throughout the year. Over 91 volunteers collected 182 bags of debris and trash. Thanks to these volunteers there is less waste on our streets and in our waterways. 

     

    In the Fall of 2020, SPAR launched our Building for the Future Capital Campaign to raise $500,000 in order to renovate the SPAR office building at 1321 North Main Street. Thanks to the generous donations of our friends and neighbors, we have reached the halfway point of this integral fundraising campaign. Throughout the first half of the campaign, we have had a number of great partnerships to help us along the way. A friend of Springfield approached us with a $50,000 matching grant which specifically targeted the donations of SPAR members. Through this matching program, SPAR members could have any donation given to Building for the Future matched, as well as the value of any new or renewed membership. Historic Springfield’s small businesses stood up to the task by offering small fundraisers, including a jello shot fundraiser at Crispy’s in September, 5% of beer sales at Strings Sports Brewery or $2 off every  breakfast sandwich at 1748 Bakehouse in October, Hyperion Brewing's PatioFest, or the current promotion of 10% from each booking offered by Pedal Pub Jax. SPAR is working with local construction company Auld & White, with a goal to have the lights turned back on along Main Street in February 2021. 


    Due to the success of PorchFest, SPAR is continually able to provide and install public art in the Springfield Historic District. In 2020, SPAR partnered with local Springfield artist, David Nackashi, on a set of murals which were installed on three pump station buildings in two sections of Klutho Park with a third being installed in the Springfield Dog Park. This project was a partnership between JEA, JaxParks, and SPAR titled “Klutho Corners,” which was designed to highlight Henry Klutho’s distinct architectural detail and iconic Springfield symbol, the Prairie Cross. 

    Our Executive Director, Kelly Rich, has been a guest speaker at events throughout the city to promote SPAR and Historic Springfield. Kelly was invited to speak at the AARP and Florida Council on Aging’s Virtual Conference, alongside Suzanne Pickett from Eastside CDC, who both spoke on Racial Equity in Historic Neighborhoods. Kelly led tours of Historic Springfield to multiple organizations and potential investors throughout the year to highlight the neighborhood’s revitalization with a focus on the Commercial Corridor. Kelly, on behalf of SPAR, has been involved with conversations and serves on city-wide committees surrounding business, growth, and quality of life to include the Jacksonville Economic Development Forum organized by LISC, the COJ Homeless Task Force, the Gator Bowl Planning Committee, ULI North Florida, Jax Chamber Downtown Council, Jacksonville’s Historic Neighborhood Coalition, and the COJ’s Resiliency Subcommittee on Education and Historic Neighborhoods. She also is one of Visit Jacksonville's local Ambassadors promoting all of our local historic neighborhoods but with an obvious focus on Springfield. In efforts of her continuing her professional development, Kelly attended the VIRTUAL Southwest Greenways and Trails Summit as well as three webinars (Using Parks to Increase Connectivity, COVID-Safe Streets NOW, and Telling the Story of Place: Branding for Public Spaces).


    Our Community Coordinator, Mandie Marron, recently completed the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida’s LGBTQIA+ Emerging Leaders program. This was the first time that the Nonprofit Center held this program with a sole focus on LGBTQIA+ and Mandie was one of ten selected for this inaugural cohort. The program designed to provide outstanding LGBTQIA+ individuals working in the nonprofit sector with access to social capital, leadership development, and network building to advance their careers. 

    Springfield (and SPAR!) has had lots of positive media exposure throughout the year. Head over to our Media link for the complete list. Our organization even received two awards in 2020! SPAR Council was given one of the Jacksonville Business Journal's 'Community Impact Awards' for our Small Business Support during the Pandemic. The City of Jacksonville also highlighted SPAR's impact in the community by choosing our installation of the Sesquicentennial Mosaic for their official 2020 Neighborhood Award. 

    SPAR would like to take this opportunity to thank LISC and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville for their continued support, as well as our ardent sponsors, donors, and volunteers. SPAR is looking forward to 2021 and we hope you will continue to support, not only SPAR’s energies and efforts, but to help us vocally advocate to everyone in Jacksonville about our beloved one square mile historic community of Springfield.


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