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DaVita to relocate dialysis center from Rutledge to North Grand

A healthcare company which operates dialysis centers in several countries is relocating one of its centers in Springfield. Denver-based DaVita Inc. has obtained a permit to build DaVita Dialysis Springfield Central, a new dialysis center to be located at 600 North Grand Avenue West. Davita's existing location at 932 N. Rutledge St. will relocate to [...]

What are those teal ribbons downtown for?

By Patrick Yeagle Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault is responsible for the appearance of teal ribbons in part of downtown Springfield this month. The ribbons, tied to light poles, trees and parking meters in a five-block area between the Old State Capitol and the current Illinois Statehouse, are meant to raise awareness of sexual assault [...]

By |April 13th, 2017|Categories: Events, News|0 Comments

City hopes to use TIF for home rehab, first responder grants in Enos Park

The City of Springfield wants to establish a pair of programs in Enos Park using TIF funds for exterior home rehabilitation and grants to police and firemen who choose live in the neighborhood. The Enos Park Exterior Rehabilitation Program would provide up to $15,000 to owner-occupied properties in the TIF district covering the Enos Park [...]

By |April 12th, 2017|Categories: Government, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Developer seeks TIF approval to buy former surveying museum downtown

A Springfield developer is hoping to buy the downtown building that formerly housed the National Museum of Surveying, using $120,000 in TIF funds. Chris Nickell's 521 East LLC seeks to access TIF money for the purchase of 521 E. Washington St. The City of Springfield sought to buy the building with $425,000 in TIF funds [...]

MJ’s Fish and Chicken planning move to Enos Park with TIF help

Jerome Taylor addresses the Economic Development Commission on April 11. By Patrick Yeagle A popular Springfield eatery is hoping to establish a more permanent home with help from TIF funds. MJ's Fish and Chicken Express is seeking $55,000 in TIF money to relocate to Enos Park. The money would fund half of the [...]

Ryan budget threatens federal tax credit for historic preservation

By Monica Stabile In 1981, President Ronald Reagan signed the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit into law as part of the Economic Recovery Act. Since then, the credits have been used to repurpose more than 40,000 historic buildings across the nation, including 253 such buildings in Illinois and several in Springfield. “Our historic tax credits have [...]

By |April 12th, 2017|Categories: Government, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Springfield Clock Shop moving downtown as Mekong Cafe plans ‘big changes’

By Patrick Yeagle A longtime Springfield clock retailer is moving downtown, clearing the way for changes at a neighboring restaurant. Springfield Clock Shop, formerly located at the intersection of South Grand Avenue and Second Street, is moving downtown to 629 E. Washington Ave. Ben McCormick, an employee at Springfield Clock Shop and brother of owner [...]

More than half of business travelers used Springfield airport last year, Chamber survey says

By Patrick Yeagle A survey of business travelers in Springfield shows more than half used the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport last year. Commissioned by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, the survey found that nearly 77 percent rated their experience at the Springfield airport better than average. The results come after the airport reported that [...]

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