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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COJ & JSO Join Forces to Fight Blight

The City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville's Sheriffs Office are teamed up to address blight in the urban core neighborhoods of Jacksonville, including the greater Springfield area. JSO's Bight Abatement Team (BAT) is coordinating with COJ's CARE system to remedy blight issues and conditions, giving residents of the urban core faster response times to reported problems.

For those not familiar, the CARE system is the City's program to eliminate blight. The CARE system can be accessed via online, telephone (904.630.CITY) or email. It can also be accessed via smart phone app, as well. 

What kind of things can be reported as blight?

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Celebrate Our Local Black-Owned Businesses & Organizations

Being a part of a community means supporting the community - and not just on social media. Have you been asking yourself the question of how you can best support our diverse community right here in Historic Springfield? An actionable way to support is to shop at black-owned businesses. Not just today, but every day. Redirecting our economic resources is one important step towards achieving racial equity not just in our neighborhood, but our city. 

Let’s make a conscious effort, as neighbors, to spend our money at the diverse shops and businesses who chose to make Historic Springfield their home. We gathered a list of black-owned brands from our Springfield Merchants and Business Association (SAMBA) membership. From retail and beauty to fitness and food, Springfield has plenty of choices when looking to shop small and support our diverse commercial corridors. 

 

Restaurants/Food Trucks/Desserts

1 Foxy Lady Cafe and Catering

Crabgod LLC 

Junkanoo Shack, LLC

Icecapade Frozen Treats 

The Cookbook Restaurant

The Sweet Spot & Urban Lounge

 

Service

Avela Day Spa

AMillion Strands Hair & Boutique

Justice Fitness

Kindred Care EMS

Make Up Craze Beauty

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. - Theta Phi Chapter

Rachelle Miller, Realtor

 

Retail

Simply Ke’say Boutique

Sweet Christi’s


We know there are so many other great black-owned businesses in Historic Springfield, including Auntie Peaches, Big House of Glass, Belle Epoque Realty, Catie Rosie's, Classic Maven Boutique, Explore Jax Core, Ysyntricity, Silkie's Chicken & Champagne Bar, Springfield Scoops, Springfield Nutrition, and more. Who else could we add?


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] .

 


Meet the 2020 Candidates for our Board of Directors

Let us introduce you to our 2020 Candidates for the SPAR Board of Directors! The Board of Directors is presenting Benjamin Alcorn as a new candidate who would bring valuable skills, passion, and knowledge to our organization. In addition, Kelly Lezama (current Secretary of SPAR), Soner Acar, Janie Coffey, and Michael Montoya are all seeking reelection to the Board for a second and final term. 

Please learn more about the candidates by reading their bios below. If you have any questions for them prior to voting at the annual meeting, please submit them before December 3rd to [email protected] and the candidates will provide their answers at the Annual Meeting.

SPAR members will be able to vote on candidates at our Annual Meeting this coming Thursday, December 3rd at Uptown Kitchen & Bar. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Aside from voting, SPAR members will receive updates about on-going projects and have the opportunity to tour the SPAR office building right next door in the midst of renovations. 

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Shop Springfield: Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Are you in the middle of your holiday shopping? Not quite sure what will make that certain family member's day or need to stick to a little closer to a budget? Don't you worry because our local SAMBA (Springfield Area Merchants and Business Association) members have plenty to offer with gift ideas that will show how much you care. You can find all the gifts below in Historic Springfield for under $50. 

 

Strawberry Cheesecake Pound Cake baked by 1FoxyLadyCafe // $45

1FoxyLadyCafe, 1837 N. Pearl Street

Strawberry Pound Cake infused with fresh strawberries with a cheesecake center. This scrumptious cake is topped with cream cheese icing, graham cracker crumbs, strawberry glaze, and fresh strawberries.

 

 

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SPAR Accepting 2021 Board Applications


Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council (SPAR) is now accepting applications for the Board of Directors. The organization has lead preservation and revitalization efforts in the Springfield community since 1974, and is a key advocate for quality-of-life improvements on behalf of residents, business owners, and stakeholders alike. Applications will be accepted until September 18, 2020. 
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SPAR Welcomes Merge with Historic Springfield Holiday Society

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – July, 9, 2020 – Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council (SPAR) is pleased to welcome the merger of the Historic Springfield Holiday Society (HSHS) as of July 2020.

HSHS was established in 2017 by neighbors wanting to enhance the holiday experience in Springfield. SPAR and HSHS have shared a mission of improving Historic Springfield’s quality of life, raising spirits, and fostering fellowship between all neighbors. To provide the best possible community engagement moving forward, HSHS is being incorporated into SPAR, including the seasonal events, popular traditions, and boundless energy for which HSHS has been consistently recognized. Activities have included celebrations for Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, and especially the Winter Holidays, where lighted wreaths and trees decorate Main Street.

SPAR looks forward to continuing traditions, and starting some anew, to benefit the entire community.

To learn more about our holiday activities, visit https://www.sparcouncil.org/holiday_society

 

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Springfield Preservation and Revitalization (SPAR) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Springfield Historic District since 1974. To learn more, visit https://www.sparcouncil.org

 

Contact:

Kelly Rich

[email protected]

904.353.7727


Announcing the SPAR Boost Gift Card Program

Springfield Preservation and Revitalization (SPAR) is excited to announce the SPAR Boost Gift Card Campaign to support Historic Springfield’s small businesses in these challenging times. 

In recent years, the surge of brick-and-mortar small businesses investing in Historic Springfield has brought much needed life and vibrancy to the community. Small businesses across America are the most vulnerable due to the Stay-at-Home restrictions. To support those in Historic Springfield, SPAR plans to conduct the SPAR Boost Gift Card Campaign to support the local economy alongside smaller promotional campaigns appreciating frontline workers and first responders, such as the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, and healthcare workers.

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COVID-19: Springfield is Open for Business!

Like the rest of you, SPAR Staff and Board have been monitoring the rapidly evolving situation with Coronavirus. With information changing so quickly, we wanted to make sure that we provide the most up-to-date and current information in regards to our local Historic Springfield businesses, as well as encourage social distancing measures for everyone's overall safety. 

Small businesses within our historic neighborhood will be heavily affected by the precautions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you have the means, the suggestions in the above graphic are a great way to continue to support the small businesses that we know and love. 

Additionally, we are proud to see our local Springfield businesses adapting to this new status quo and coming up with innovative ideas to continue to serve the community. Take a look at our list below of what businesses all around our neighborhood are doing to uplift all of us through these challenging times. 

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