Update to Main Street Detour - June 2016

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) under an emergency closure intends to replace the Main Street Culvert over Hogans Creek. This segment of Main Street, near the intersection of Orange Street, has been closed since May 2016.


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Temporary Closure of W. 8th Street

W. 8th Street between Laura and Silvers Streets will be closed due to construction starting Tuesday, June 28th.


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SPAR Receives Community Foundation Grant to Support Revitalization of Springfield’s Commercial Corridors


SPAR Council was recently awarded a grant from the Art Ventures Fund of the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida to provide membership in the National Main Street Center and allow SPAR Executive Director Christina Parrish to attend the National Main Street Conference held last month in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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JTA Improvements to Springfield Bus Stops


JTA will be making changes to bus stops in Springfield over the next several months, beginning next week.

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Main Street Detour

Please be advised that due to maintenance issues, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is closing the Main Street culvert/bridge at Hogan Creek until further notice (on Main Street, between State Street and Phelps Street). As Main Street is a state roar, FDOT will be taking the lead on communicating this closing to the media and public moving forward. 


JEA to Begin Tree Trimming Soon

JEA will begin its tree trimming cycle in the our neighborhood soon, as they do every 2.5 years, and its Vegetative Management group (aka JEA Forestry) will notify affected property owners with door hangers in advance.

If you have questions, feel free to contact the JEA Tree Care Line at (904) 665-6050

Here's the details . . .

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Statement on the Demolition of 439 E. 1st Street

Yesterday, the house at 439 East 1st Street was demolished by the City of Jacksonville. SPAR worked with other community organizations during recent months to prevent demolition of this building, which was a contributing structure in the Springfield Historic District.
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New Slate of Officers for 2015-2016

The Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council (“SPAR”) Board of Directors elected its officers for the upcoming year on November 16, 2015. We are proud to announce the officers as Michelle Tappouni, President; Todd Hollinghead , Vice President; Margaret Connor, Treasurer; and Aaron Glick, Secretary.  Click here for a complete list of board members and their contact information. The SPAR board and its officers are elected in accordance with our bylaws, which can be found here. Officers serve an annual term and - along with the Executive Director - make up the Executive Committee, which provides guidance to the organization on how best to fulfill its mission and goals.

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2015 Board of Directors Candidates

At the November 12th, 2015 annual community meeting, Membership will vote on candidates for our Board of Directors.

The current Board of Directors is confident these two candidates would be valuable assets in helping lead the Springfield Historic District forward, are proud to present them to Membership for their approval.


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Proposed JEA Wells in the Historic District

A number of weeks ago, we became aware of JEA's attempts to purchase several privately owned vacant lots within our Springfield Historic District. JEA would install new wells on these lots, to service the large Main Street JEA water facility near at the intersection of 1st & Main. 

After corresponding with JEA, a meeting was arranged between SPAR and JEA representatives to learn the details of their plans. 

Here is a summary of that meeting:

Jacksonville Electrical Authority (JEA) is looking for three sites for new wells to service their Main Street facility, near 1st & Main. Not all sites may be in our neighborhood. The sites would ideally be linear, leading back to the JEA Main Street facility. Each new well has to be at least 1000 ft from the other. JEA needs a 200x200 ft property for each well. The actual fenced off area containing the well equipment would be 50x50 ft near the center of the property. 

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