SAMBA Notes from the Springfield Roundtable Meeting – March 9, 2011
SAMBA attended the bi-monthly Springfield Roundtable Meeting on Wednesday, March 9th. Representatives from a number of City of Jacksonville departments were present and a variety of subjects were discussed. Matters of particular interest to the Springfield area business community included the following:
There was a lengthy discussion about JEA’s proposed new reservoir facility at Orange and Laura Streets, which was the subject of a community meeting a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, only one community representative attended the meeting so JEA is seeking additional neighborhood input on the design. Concerns expressed were the height of the building (32 feet above grade, much higher than the existing mound), architectural detail, landscaping and fencing. A rendering and more information about the facility is posted on www.myspringfield.org.
Housing and Neighborhoods Department
There has been no real progress on a new RFP for the 9th and Main building. The city is considering its options and has been approached by an interested party that they feel would be a good fit for the neighborhood. The department is unable to share any additional information at this time.
Developer and consultant responses to the RFP for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (part 3) are due this Friday, March 11th, by 4:00 pm. Proposals must be delivered to the Housing and Neighborhoods Department and date stamped.
Parks and Recreation
There was no representative from the Recreation and Community Services department present so no new information was provided on the proposed RFP for the Surveyor’s Building in Confederate Park.
Kim Heyde, a Springfield representative who is spearheading the Springfield Disc Golf Group, came to the meeting and shared a proposal for a new 18 hole disc golf course in Klutho Park. She is working with the River City Disc Golf Association and has received letters of support from many of the neighborhood non-profit organizations, including the Springfield Improvement Association and Woman’s Club, the Mommies Group, Sustainable Springfield, Springfield Animal Care and Rescue Club, and Preservation SOS.