Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Rare New Home Is Going Up in Springfield

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Rare New Home Is Going Up in Springfield

Article excerpt

A new two-story home is being built between two old, abandoned

homes to help spur redevelopment in historic Springfield.

And members of the Springfield Preservation and Restoration

group hope that others catch on to their push for revitalizing

one of Jacksonville's oldest urban core communities.

"Both of those abandoned houses are prime candidates for rehab,"

said Paul Hazlett, SPAR's housing director. "They should become

attractive to people after the new house is completed."

The new Charleston-style house with a wraparound porch at 324 E.

6th St. will be one of the first homes built in Springfield that

reflects the new construction standards adopted in 1992 by the

Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission, said Joel

McEachin, the city's historic preservation planner.

Every new home in the Springfield Historic District must be

compatible to the architectural-style of the neighborhood,

McEachin said.

SPAR received more than $724,000 from five sponsors to refurbish

old homes the group owns in Springfield and make them affordable

to people of various income-levels, said Rita Reagan, acting

director of SPAR.

The sponsors include AMSOUTH Bank of Florida, Duval County

Housing Finance Authority, Florida Housing Finance Agency, City

of Jacksonville HOME program and The Nations Housing Fund

Limited Partnership in Maryland. …

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