SPAR Awarded AmeriCorps Grant: Now Hiring!

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We'e excited to announce that SPAR Council has been awarded a grant to hire an AmeriCorps member. Click here for the full job description and contact information to apply.

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COJ & JSO Join Forces to Fight Blight

The City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville's Sheriffs Office have teamed up to address blight in the urban core neighborhoods of Jacksonville, including the greater Springfield area. JSO's Bight Abatement Team (BAT) is now 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. 

So what kind of things can be reported as blight?

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Banners Return to Historic Springfield

Banners_2_-_jpg.jpgSPAR Council is excited to announce that banners celebrating the Historic Springfield community will be appearing on street lamps along Eighth and Main Streets this week.

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Hyperion Brewing Company on Main Street

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A message from Hyperion Brewing Company:

Hyperion Brewing Company has chosen to lease 1740/1744 N Main Street from Petra Realty. 

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Revised Plans for Springfield Lofts

The revised plans for the Springfield Lofts project by GNP Development at 1341 Pearl Street. 1341_Pearl_(Revised)-page-001.jpg

Amended items include: 

1.       Modified the primary alley widths that will be used for circulation to 18 feet wide, per discussion with COJ Planning Department. 

2.       Enlarged the backing up space on the east side of the property to 24 feet as requested. 

3.       Removed carriage house units, and applied density to building F.

4.       Increased overall parking to 86 spaces, approximately.  Some may need to be removed during engineering.  Kept original text that states 1 space per unit required. 

5.       Bike parking is labeled east of building D, and referenced that parking will be met in PUD text.

Details below...

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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

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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

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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. 

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