Springfield

exterior of store
Petra

If you walk up Main Street in Jacksonville’s Springfield neighborhood, you’ll see quite a few new businesses.  

Heather Schatz

First Coast Connect was broadcast live from Uptown Kitchen on Main Street in Springfield.

Jacksonville Daily Record

Springfield residents and experienced food professionals Allison and Kurt D’Aurizio are preparing to open the 1748 Bakehouse bakery and restaurant at 1748 N. Main St. in Historic Springfield.

Jacksonville Daily Record

Fred Cotten's Landmark BBQ opened to a full house Friday at 1417 N. Main St., almost a month after it closed at its longtime location about a mile north.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Springfield’s Main Street will soon have more trash cans, bicycle racks and maintenance stations for bikes and wheelchairs.

bridge in the park overgrown with plants
The Jaxson

Famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted said every city should have a large park for "unbending of the faculties." 

Via the Daily Record

A closed Springfield Boys & Girls Clubs center will be converted into the Citi Teen Center, possibly to open in January, to anchor the corner of Liberty and 10th streets.

artist's mockup
Modern Cities

Row homes with space for retail on the bottom floor are being proposed for Springfield, just north of downtown Jacksonville.

As Kelsi Hasden with The Jaxson tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, the new homes are an example of what’s called “missing middle housing.”

Ennis Davis / Modern Cities

A set of vacant warehouses in Jacksonville’s Springfield neighborhood is being transformed into an arts school and walkable arts district.


Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT Public Broadcasting

The first anniversary of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history was Monday.

The Pulse nightclub was well-known among LGBT communities around the state, including here on the First Coast.

Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a bill that opens the door for smaller eateries in three Jacksonville neighborhoods to serve mixed drinks.

 A proposed settlement between Jacksonville and two nonprofits might lead to more housing options for the homeless in Springfield.

  Wednesday on “First Coast Connect” we discussed the proposed settlement between the city of Jacksonville and two nonprofits regarding a plan by Ability Housing to renovate an apartment building in Springfield that would house homeless veterans. Ability Housing Executive Director Shannon Nazworth joined us to talk about its plans and the deal with the city. We also discuss the growing problem of digital abuse against the elderly in senior living facilities with Joanne Hickox, executive director of Seniors on a Mission, and attorney Steve Watrel, who focuses on elder abuse cases. Author and financial planner Jeanette Bajalia talked about her new book “Planning a Purposeful Life” on how seniors can make sure they don’t outlive their savings.   


        

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Updated 2/28 3:06 p.m.

Jacksonville City Council members heard concerns Monday from Springfield residents about a proposed legal settlement between the city and two disability-rights nonprofits.

The settlement, in part, mandates the city approve a permit for an apartment complex for the disabled and chronically homeless,  at 139 Cottage Ave., or face a battle in court.


City Hall
Ray Hollister / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s Planning Commission unanimously approved zoning changes Thursday for Springfield that pave the way for an apartment complex for the disabled and chronically homeless.

The approval is the first step in a settlement agreement between the city, two disability-rights nonprofits and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Disability Rights Florida and Jacksonville-based Ability Housing sued after Ability Housing’s permit request to build the complex in Springfield was rejected.

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