Ripe for Restoration

March 16, 2016

Strict Standards Wanted Prior to any Demolition

March 13, 2016

Make it Happen for Mr Foster

May 24th 2014

Section 106 Review Stories

October 28, 2013
October 23, 2013
October 22, 2013
Older News Stories
May 2, 2013
January 16, 2013 –
July 22nd, 2012 – The Florida Times Union

Springfield slows down but could be coming back — yet again Photos

March 31st 2012 – Washington Post / AP News Wire

March 30th 2012 – First Coast News

Springfield Preservationist: City Municipal Code Restricts Owners

November 29th 2011 – First Coast News

Historic Structures to be Mothballed in Jacksonville

August 10th 2011 – The Florida Times Union


Jacksonville’s City Council approved “mothballing” legislation Tuesday that lets property owners temporarily preserve decaying buildings at risk of being bulldozed in historic districts.

The bill (2011-408) allows owners to apply for a three-year reprieve from city code-enforcement efforts if they make a building structurally stable and watertight, then make the building’s exterior presentable and keep up the yard around it.

Historic preservationists told the council that too many buildings were being torn down because owners couldn’t afford a complete restoration and couldn’t find people to buy their property.

“This is very important to my constituents,” sad Councilman Johnny Gaffney, whose district includes Springfield. He said the measure is a practical way to handle buildings that could otherwise decay further.


August 4th 2011 – The Florida Times Union

“Mothballing” of crumbling houses could save Jacksonville homeowners

July 23rd, 2011 – First Coast News

Preservation SOS: Organization Rehabs Home For Springfield Man

April 29th 2011 – First Coast News

Neighborhood Places Their Hears on Patterson Apartments

April 28, 2011 – The Florida Times Union

Historic preservation awards Thursday at Jacksonville Main Library

November 27th, 2010 – The Florida Times Union

Good News: Volunteers join forces to preserve Springfield homes

By Cindy Holifield, Sandy Strickland

Springfield residents have been working together to beautify the Jacksonville neighborhood one house at a time.The volunteers for “Make It Happen Days” include an animal group, a preservation group, a garden club and neighborhood residents. In addition, residents’ friends see what’s happening and come over to volunteer their time.

August 3rd 2010 – The Florida Times Union

Living in Springfield

It is fitting that my first blog should be about an amazing weekend.  One of Springfield’s many good neighbors, Nicole Lopez, discovered that one of our residents had been getting notices from the city about the maintenance of her home.

Nicole decided to do something about it.  Using word of mouth and social media, she got the word out and planned the first Make It Happen Day in Springfield.

So last Saturday morning more than 50 neighbors turned out for our own version of Extreme Makeover.  The home had to be scraped, then primed, and then painted (and trimmed out).