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Many downtown redevelopment projects in the works

By Catherine O’Connor There is plenty of vacant, multistory space available in Springfield’s downtown and a program that utilizes tax increment financing (TIF) to reimburse owners for a portion of the cost to acquire property, stabilize buildings, redesign and renovate interiors and upgrade exteriors. But developers are experiencing a shortage of contractors available to undertake [...]

By |January 26th, 2022|Categories: Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Notable new construction and remodeling projects

By Catherine O’Connor   Hindu temples bring imported spiritual design A new home for The Hindu Temple of Greater Springfield has been erected at 1001 W. Walnut St. in Chatham. An architect from Vastu Consultants in Chennai, India, worked with Rangwala Architects from St. Louis to design and build the concrete Fox Blocks pre-cast building [...]

By |December 23rd, 2021|Categories: Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Springfield Rail Improvements Project progresses

Businesses between Carpenter Street and Ridgely Avenue will be affected By Carey Smith Land acquisition is steadily moving northward for the Springfield Rail Improvements Project, with a stretch of land between Carpenter Street and Ridgely Avenue being the current focus. While other segments of the 10th Street corridor have focused on widening tracks and creating [...]

By |December 23rd, 2021|Categories: Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Don’t neglect long-haul COVID in the panic over Delta variant

By Dr. Jeffrey Gold “Long-haul COVID” is one of many scary phrases that have barged into our vocabulary since the pandemic upended global life. Those who have it are afflicted with a COVID that seems never to go away. With the present panic over the Delta variant, there’s a danger that we will not accord [...]

By |September 29th, 2021|Categories: Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Weaving a legacy

Dan Frachey launches a business to capture seniors’ stories By Carey Smith “People may say they don’t have much of a story to tell, but when people start talking, when they are given permission to share, they start revealing that there is a great narrative over the course of one’s life,” said Dan Frachey, owner [...]

By |September 29th, 2021|Categories: Article, Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Q&A with Damond Boatwright

By Lana Shovlin Damond Boatwright, 49, became president and CEO of Hospital Sisters Health System in June, making him both the first man and African American to hold the top administrator position. Before coming to Springfield, Boatwright served as the regional president of operations and chair of the hospital board at SSM Health Wisconsin near [...]

By |September 2nd, 2021|Categories: Article, Secondary Feature|0 Comments

COVID exposes inequity in health care outcomes

Life expectancy is correlated to zip codes By Carey Smith   “What really defines somebody’s health is much more what happens outside the hospital than what happens inside,” explains Dr. Sameer Vohra, chair of population science and policy at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield. “Around 80% of your health outcomes, arguably more, are determined [...]

By |September 2nd, 2021|Categories: Article, Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Companies adapt to a remote workforce

By Holly Whisler Only one year ago, unless your job was deemed essential, you were working from home and doing the best you could with the technology you had on hand. On the flip side, employers were doing their best to support their remote workforces, often scrambling to put additional technology in place to allow [...]

By |August 12th, 2021|Categories: Articles, Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Building a better future

Southtown Construction provides job training and life skills By Holly Whisler “I am the youngest of 10 kids. We grew up in the projects of Springfield. My father was killed when I was teenager, and my mom raised us on public assistance and what she earned from her job as a waitress,” said Calvin Pitts [...]