HANSON PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, which is leading the engineering of the Springfield Rail Improvements Project, will host an open house next month at the 1908 Race Riot archaeological site.
The event — scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8 — will feature hourly tours of the house foundations burned during the riots, which will include discussions of the site’s history, photographs of artifacts recovered and viewing of open excavations.
The block-long site near the 10th Street rail tracks and Madison Street was unearthed in 2014 during construction of the multimillion dollar project that will consolidate train traffic from the Third Street rail corridor to 10th Street. Later, an archaeological team found seven homes, five of which were burned during the riots, as well as artifacts from a mid-1800s immigrant neighborhood.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, and Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth have introduced legislation that would designate the site as a National Historic Monument.
At Davis’ request, the National Park Service began a preliminary resource assessment of the site, a step that’s typically required before a site can be designated a National Historic Monument.
The NAACP and city of Springfield have been planning a memorial site to mark where the homes once sat. Plans show a garden and structure that allows visitors to learn about the race riots and reflect on them.
The memorial, as envisioned, would cost about $5 million to complete. Most funds would likely be raised through a fundraising and grant-writing campaign, but the city also has requested about $2.5 million in state capital bill funding for the project.
The SPRINGFIELD PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION approved a use variance that will allow for the building of a gas station and convenience store at the southeast corner of 11th Street and Laurel Avenue.
According to Gordon Gates, attorney for the petitioner, plans are to build an “old style, two-pump neighborhood gas station” in an area where there’s a need for one. The convenience store will not sell alcohol.
Gates said permits still have to be obtained for the site.
SIU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE has named CHRISTOPHER MCDOWELL its first recipient of a newly created endowment for emergency medicine.
McDowell is an emergency medicine physician with SIU Medicine and the medical director of the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation. He is also associate professor and vice chair of education with the Department of Surgery at SIU School of Medicine.
MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER is contributing $1 million to launch the endowed chair of emergency medicine.
The GREATER SPRINGFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE has announced its nominees for its 34th annual Small Business Awards. Here they are by category:
• Not-For-Profit Business Director of the Year: AMY VOILS, MERCY Communities, Inc.; ANGELA BERTONI, Sojourn Shelter & Services, Inc.; ANGIE SOWLE, Springfield YMCA; BETSY DOLLAR, Springfield Art Association; COLLEEN STONE, Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County; DEANA CORBIN, Animal Protective League of Springfield and Sangamon County; HEATHER BURTON, Central Counties Health Centers Inc.; JEREMY HARBIN, American Cancer Society, Mid Illinois Region; KAREN SANDERS, Lincoln Land Community College Foundation; LISA CLEMMONS STOTT, Downtown Springfield Inc.
• New & Emerging Small Business Owner of the Year: CHRISTINE & MARK BAILEY, Bailey Family Insurance; JOSH FLANDERS, BILL LARSON & BENJIE GINES, Buzz Bomb Brewing Company; GLENNA WINTERS, Capital City Property Management; CARI CLAUSSEN, Country Lane Memory Care; JODY THOMAS, Smallcakes.
• Small Business Owner of the Year: MARGARET “BOONY” SMITH LUPARELL, A Storage Box; TED GALASSI, Artisan Stone Products; DUSHUN HOGAN, Cleaning General Janitorial Services; JON STEWART, Midwest Garage Door Company; DARYL ALLEN, Optimal Chiropractic; DEREK ROBERTS, Recon Techs Springfield; KEVIN CRUMLY and SCOTT NORRIS, Troxell Financial.
• Lifetime Award: SHELLIE JACOBS, Del’s Popcorn Shop; ED CLARK, Ed Clark Photography & Music Services; MIKE AIELLO, JOHN ECK, TODD SOWLE, DAVE WHITE, CHRIS LEMING and JEN CALL, Troxell.
Good luck to all the nominees. The awards will take place June 18 at the Crowne Plaza.
Springfield-based GROWTH CORP was named Illinois’ 504 Lender of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
A 504 Loan provides small businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing used to acquire fixed assets for expansion or modernization.
The company, 2401 West White Oaks Drive, is the largest 504 loan provider in Illinois and one of the largest in the country.
DREAMMAKER BATH AND KITCHEN, 3730 Wabash Ave., has been recognized as a 2019 Franchise Rock Star by FRANCHISE BUSINESS REVIEW.
Those recognized were nominated by their franchise brand leadership as franchisees who set the standard when it comes to leadership, business acumen, financial and professional success and contributing to their community.
“We believe in thorough communication with our customers from our initial meeting through every step of the process, together with a commitment to our community,” said CURT TRAMPE, who owns the Springfield location with his wife, Deb. “This is a real honor.”
DreamMaker was founded in 1975 and is now the sixth-largest full-service remodeling company in the country. Its Springfield location opened in 2006.
Though KNIGHT’S ACTION PARK’s new sprayground made its debut last summer, the attraction will have a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Named Camille’s Reef, the sprayground is targeted toward younger children.
Filed at Springfield Building and Zoning, May 13-17:
WEST SIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 2850 Cider Mill Lane; addition.
SATIPATTHANA VIPASSANA ASSOCIATION, 525 Bruns Lane; dining hall.
THE GABLES, 2916-2920 Plaza Drive; tenant remodel.
6TH STREET DEVELOPMENT LTD PARTNERSHIP, 2960 Baker Drive; remodel.
HSHS LEGACY POINTE CALL CENTER, 1118 Legacy Pointe Drive; interior demolition.
VALVOLINE, 1031 W. Jefferson St.; sign permit.
LEADWELL CLINIC, 5220 South Sixth Street Road; sign permit.
FRESENIUS KIDNEY CARE, 1800 E. Washington St.; sign permit.
Ribbon cuttings through the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce:
SPRINGFIELD ACCIDENT & PAIN CENTER, 2035 Iles Ave.; May 22.
HOME PLATE BAR & GRILL, 2100 S. Koke Mill Road; May 23 (groundbreaking).
Major conventions through the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau:
AAU CHEERLEADING NATIONALS, BOS Center; May 19.
SPRINGFIELD MILE, Illinois State Fairgrounds; May 25-26.
SPRINGFIELD AREA SOCCER ASSOCIATION MEMORIAL DAY CLASSIC, SASA Soccer Complex, 4600 11th St.; May 25-26.
Brenden Moore covers business issues for The State Journal-Register. He can be reached at 788-1528, firstname.lastname@example.org, twitter.com/brendenmoore13.