Springfield

Centennial Towers at 230 E. 1st Street in Jacksonville will be renovated.
Jacksonville Housing Authority

Residents of Jacksonville’s Centennial Towers senior living community in Springfield will be seeing improvements.

New Reddi-Arts Owner Says Springfield Store Will Be What People ‘Know And Love’

Jan 15, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

On Jan. 10, Kelly McCormick took over as owner at Reddi-Arts after Bruce Meiselman sold her the company he’d owned for 47 years.

Reddi-Arts Sold, New Owner Moving Business To Springfield

Jan 13, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

After Reddi-Arts owner Bruce Meiselman announced in November he would sell both his business and the building, the art supply retailer has a new owner and will move to Springfield.

Bleu Chocolat Cafe's Facebook page

Springfield’s resurgence has been dealt a setback.

Mary Altaffer / AP

Axe throwing— throwing an axe to try to hit a target — is a fast-growing sport across the country including in Jacksonville.

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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.

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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.

Wikimedia Commons

Smaller restaurants in historic Jacksonville neighborhoods could soon serve liquor under a bill heading to the Florida Legislature.

Florida Memory

The front windows of Jacksonville’s City Hall are displaying photos and stories about different parts of the city’s history.

One of those displays celebrates Jacksonville’s first streetcar suburb, Springfield.


Jacksonville Couple Up For $25,000 National Business Prize

May 18, 2016
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

A Jacksonville couple wants to open a lounge serving up sweet treats and sweet music in Springfield.

The Sweet Spot and Urban Lounge is a step closer to becoming a brick and mortar location after winning a national small-business contest — and now it’s in the running for a $25,000 grand prize.

 

bonosbarbq.com

A Jacksonville-based barbecue restaurant chain is looking to open up in the Springfield neighborhood.

 


Business Brief: Riverside Transformation Picks Up Pace

Sep 21, 2015
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Fans & Stoves via Facebook

Big changes are coming to Jacksonville’s Five Points area. Among them, the antiques mall Fans & Stoves is being forced to relocate because a Miami developer bought its building.

Business analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, the quirky neighborhood began its commercial transformation more than a decade ago when a Publix supermarket opened next to Memorial Park—and today the rapid changes are making some long-time tenants nervous.

Jacksonville Reopens Outdoor Pool To The Public

Aug 14, 2015
Ryan Griffis / Flickr

The City of Jacksonville reopened Julius Guinyard pool near Downtown last week after closing it three years ago.

The JaxParks Aquatics Department opened Julius Guinyard pool after remodeling the facilities.

JaxParks spokeswoman Pam Roman says the community had been anticipating the pool’s return.

“For the entire summer folks have been coming by saying 'When is it going to be open?'” Roman said. “They’ve seen the construction going on. They’ve been excited about that.”

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Andrew Pantazi, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

Topics include outgoing Mayor Alvin Brown's legacy, Mayor-elect Lenny Curry's transition, the issues facing the new City Council and more.

We also roundup the strange, bizarre and just plain ridiculous news from across the Sunshine State in our Only in Florida segment.

Peter Haden / WJCT News

Ground broke Tuesday on a new housing development in Jacksonville’s Historic Springfield neighborhood. It’s part of the city’s weeklong celebration of federally funded projects.

The new, 14-unit Dozier Apartments near 8th Street and Main Street will house moderate, low-income, and very-low-income families.

A former city employee that was forced to quit, Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, and two high profile robberies are in the headlines today.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Police are searching for the man who robbed a bank in Springfield this morning. The suspect is believed to have fled north on Main Street in a white pickup truck with tinted windows.

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