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Our History

2016

2016

2016

  • The Village of Spring Hill, Inc. celebrated its tenth anniversary! A reception was held in April for major donors at Byrne Hall on the campus of Spring Hill College, the site of our first community meeting ten years ago. The April 29 Sidewalk-A-Thon was followed by a family celebration on Spring Hill College’s Dorn Field, a Screen on the Green movie, and a fabulous fireworks display. 
  • City Council Members Joel Daves and Gina Gregory committed 2016 Capital Improvement Plan funds to “The McGregor Project.” This project, initiated by TVSH, will include curb, gutter, and sidewalk infrastructure along both sides of South McGregor Avenue from Old Shell Road to Dauphin Street and also roadway resurfacing. Through community support $90,000 was raised for TVSH’s commitment to the sidewalk portion of the project.
  • A $200,000 State of Alabama TAP (Transportation Alternative Program) grant was awarded to The Village of Spring Hill, Inc. for sidewalks on the north side of Bit and Spur Road from Old Shell Road to University Boulevard. Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2017.
  • Twelve (12) live oaks were planted along the perimeter of the McGregor Avenue/Museum Drive roundabout to continue the sequence of oaks planted on Museum Drive in partnership with Keep Mobile Beautiful over eight years ago.  
  • Ninety-eight (98) Ligustrum were planted along the EMA (Emergency Management Agency) fence line and the Auburn University Ornamental Horticulture Research Center fence line, completing the first phase of the landscape plan for the area of the roundabout at north McGregor Avenue and Museum Drive.  
  • The Village of Spring Hill, Inc. was the subject of a feature article that lauded our accomplishments in the September/October issue of Alabama Magazine.

2015

2015

2015

  • The Streetscape in front of Spring Hill College was completed adding benches, trees and 11 of the signature streetlights.  The project was totally funded by private contributions.
  • Sidewalks were completed on the north side of Old Shell Road from McGregor Avenue to Myrtlewood Lane. Eleven streetlights, of which five were included in the grant, were added along the sidewalk from Spring Hill Shopping Center to Debra’s Boutique. The project was funded by a $200,000 TAP grant. TVSH provided the 20% match with funds raised in the Sidewalk-A-Thon and a generous donation from The J. L. Bedsole Foundation.
  • After five years of planning, the Roundabout at McGregor Avenue and Museum Drive was completed. With support from Commissioner Connie Hudson through the County Pay-As-You-Go program and assistance of Council President Gina Gregory to get additional support from the City of Mobile, the $1.5 million project became a reality.
  • The Fourth Annual Sidewalk-A-Thon was held to raise funds for sidewalks.
  • Boundary signage was put in place to define the Village of Spring Hill.
  • Screen on the Green featured Spring, Summer and Fall movies sponsored by Rouses Supermarkets and added pre-movie entertainment thanks to Spring Hill Comprehensive Dentistry and Big City Toys.

2014

2014

2014

  • Sidewalks were completed on the north side of Old Shell Road from Ridgelawn Drive West to McGregor Avenue, made possible by a State transportation grant. TVSH provided funds to the City for the 20% match through proceeds from the Sidewalk-A-Thon (2013) and a grant from The J. L. Bedsole Foundation.
  • TVSH announced the awarding of a third State of Alabama transportation grant for sidewalks on the north side of Old Shell Road from McGregor Avenue east toward Myrtlewood Lane.  The grant also allowed a portion of the funds to be applied to Village lighting.  The grant was made possible by the matching funds from the Sidewalk-A-Thon (2014) and The J. L. Bedsole Foundation.
  • Screen on the Green expanded to include a spring and fall series of outdoor movies and gained the sponsorship of Rouses Supermarkets.
  • Third Annual Sidewalk-A-Thon was held to raise funds for sidewalks.

2013

2013

2013

  • A generous donation allowed the planting of 68 Drake Elm trees along Old Shell Road in the core of our community bringing the total to over 100 trees planted this year.
  • The Second Annual Sidewalk-A-Thon was held to raise money for sidewalks.
  • TVSH led a charge for Digital Sign Restrictions in the City with success for the Village being able to ban digital signs near residential areas.
  • TVSH, in conjunction with the City of Mobile and numerous sponsors and donors, held its 1stAnnual Screen on the Green. The family-friendly event featured a series of free movies in Lavretta Park.

2012

2012

2012

  • The Monte L. Moorer Branch of the Mobile Public Library exterior plaza renovation was completed, and the first public sculpture, The Flame of Knowledge, was placed by TVSH. The sculpture was designed by Frank Ledbetter and made possible by a generous donation from The Hearin-Chandler Foundation.
  • First Annual Sidewalk-A-Thon was held to raise money for sidewalks.
  • TVSH installed sidewalks on the north side of Old Shell Road fronting Lavretta Park and continuing to Ridgelawn Drive West using Sidewalk-A-Thon funds, generous donations from The J. L. Bedsole Foundation, The Hearin-Chandler Foundation, residents of the area and businesses.
  • Alabama Power upgraded the look of the Spring Hill Substation and landscaped the streetscape including sidewalk, trees and a Village signature streetlight.
  • Historic Mobile Preservation Society presented to TVSH the New Commercial Construction Award in recognition of its involvement in influencing the design and construction of the CVS building and plaza at the corner of Old Shell Road and McGregor Avenue.

2011

2011

2011

  • The Pocket Park on Old Shell Road at Regions Bank was dedicated.
  • Five benches and six trees were donated for Pocket Park.
  • A $50,000 grant was received from the Monte L. Moorer Foundation for renovating the front exterior plaza of the Moorer Branch of the Mobile Public Library.
  • Work continued on acquiring funding for new sidewalk initiatives.

2010

2010

2010

  • TVSH initiated the concept of a Pocket Park next to Regions Bank. The park was designed by Terry Plauché, Landscape Architect, and was totally private funded. TVSH gained permission to use the land from Regions Bank.
  • TVSH commissioned a feasibility study and preliminary engineering for a roundabout at Museum Drive and McGregor Avenue.
  • Two new sidewalks initiatives went into planning stages for TVSH.

2009

2009

2009

  • The CVS Pharmacy was completed using a more traditional design appropriate to TVSH.
  • TVSH initiated and designed a plaza on the corner of Old Shell Road and McGregor Avenue which was part of the CVS construction.
  • A historic plaque was placed in the Plaza by the Threadgill family in memory of the Henderson family, long time Spring Hill property owners. Three memorial benches were donated by the family for the Plaza.
  • A Transportation Enhancement Grant for $379,000 allowed construction of sidewalks down the south side of Old Shell Road.
  • The community raised money to purchase a Village clock to go in the plaza in front of CVS. The clock was dedicated October 2009 in memory of Van Rusling, founder of Carpe Diem and president of the Spring Hill Merchants Association from 1996 to 2004.
  • Thirteen signature Village streetlights were approved, purchased and installed by property owners in front of CVS and along the new sidewalk in front of Holiday Place, AT&T, and Regions Bank.
  • Ten Old Mobile iron benches were placed on the right of way in the Village. This was possible through the grant for urban planning.
  • TVSH worked with a local engineering firm and the City Traffic Engineering Department to redesign a safer, more attractive intersection at Old Shell Road and McGregor Avenue.  It included paved crosswalks, redesigned islands and new traffic signals. Construction costs for the new intersection, including decorative traffic light poles and crosswalk signals, were funded by City Council Member Gina Gregory with additional support from Council President Reggie Copeland. Appreciation is also extended to McCrory Williams,  The Mobile Area Water and Sewer System, Riley Stuart Supply Company, and the City of Mobile Engineering Department.

2008

2008

2008

  • The Blueprint for Spring Hill, a master plan, was developed with input from hundreds of citizens and key stakeholders. The Blueprint was approved by the City of Mobile Planning Commission and City Council, thereby making it part of the city’s overall Comprehensive Plan.
  • TVSH continued to work with The Mitchell Company and CVS regarding their plans for a pharmacy on the corner of Old Shell Road and McGregor Avenue.
  • An overlay zoning regulation allowing a denser, more pedestrian friendly, traditional “Main Street” approach to building design, as set forth in the Blueprint, received unanimous approval by the Planning Commission and City Council.
  • The 2nd Annual Village Clean Up Day was co-sponsored by TVSH and Keep Mobile Beautiful.

2007

2007

2007

  • At the initiation of Senator Hap Myers, a $300,000 Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs grant was received for the creation of a master plan.
  • Renowned urban planning firm Dover, Kohl & Partners of Coral Gables, Florida, was hired to develop a master plan.
  • A charrette, an intensive week-long public design process which included all stakeholders to participate, guide and take ownership in the final plan, was held on-site in the community.
  • The First Village Clean Up Day was held, co-sponsored by The Village of Spring Hill, Inc. and Keep Mobile Beautiful.

2006

2006

2006

Our story began in 2006 with the incorporation of The Village of Spring Hill, Inc.   Local residents and merchants had become increasingly concerned about the deterioration of the commercial core of the Spring Hill area.  The all-volunteer grassroots organization was formed to effect positive change in the community.

  • The Village of Spring Hill, Inc. was incorporated and the first Board of Directors was appointed.
  • 501(c)(3) tax exempt, non-profit status was approved.
  • TVSH met with the Mayor, representatives of City Council, Mobile County, Alabama Senate and House to initiate an ALDOT grant for sidewalks to connect University Blvd. with McGregor on the South side of Old Shell Road.
  • The first community meeting was held on March 16, 2006, with over 500 people attending.
  • One hundred new oak trees were planted in the Village through the combined effort of City employees, paid labor and community volunteers.