Six awe-inspiring Jax skyscrapers never built

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The downtown Jacksonville skyline we know and love today would have looked dramtically different if these size skyscrapers would have been built as originally proposed.

The St. James Hotel & Residences

Miami-based Spector Real Estate Investments, Inc. envisioned developing the city's tallest building in 2006. Spector's St. James Hotel & Residences would have been a five-star hotel and condominium tower stretching 68 stories into the sky. It would have included 469 condominiums, 169 hotel rooms, a European spa, 35,000 square foot ballroom, high end restaurants, retail space and a 14-story parking garage. Spector's dreams were probably too big to handle in a market Jacksonville's size. The real estate crisis of the late 2000s put a final nail in the coffin of Spector's plans for Jacksonville. Today, homegrown Intuition Ale Works is moving forward with turning the site into a large craft brewery.

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