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Thoughts from the Renovation of The John Gorrie
« on: November 08, 2013, 03:08:16 AM »
Thoughts from the Renovation of The John Gorrie



Deloris Weaver expounds on converting the John Gorrie into a condominium. Yes, before and after pictures.

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Re: Thoughts from the Renovation of The John Gorrie
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2013, 06:55:25 AM »
What a great story. 

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Re: Thoughts from the Renovation of The John Gorrie
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2013, 08:29:15 AM »
my question is...if Jacksonville can afford to spend millions and millions on a tucking useless scoreboard...why couldn't we have spend much less to keep a school...our schools are crammed full and we give one away all the while spending money on frivolous things...now we have apartments few can afford...yes it looks great...but Id rather have a school....funny how they got a killer deal on a property the city should have kep

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Re: Thoughts from the Renovation of The John Gorrie
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2013, 08:34:57 AM »
I thought it was a beautiful story.  Sounds like it's almost a "donation" of sorts.

She spent $221K/unit and has sold the first 24 at only $154K a unit.
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Re: Thoughts from the Renovation of The John Gorrie
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2013, 08:35:00 AM »
Mrs. Weaver's name is misspelled in the heading; it's Delores
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Re: Thoughts from the Renovation of The John Gorrie
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2013, 08:36:54 AM »
The John Gorrie is a beautiful restoration.  If I could somehow manage to sell my house without taking a bath on it, I'd buy one of the old gymnasium units in a heartbeat. 

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Re: Thoughts from the Renovation of The John Gorrie
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2013, 09:06:58 AM »
Those interiors are beautiful!

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Re: Thoughts from the Renovation of The John Gorrie
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2013, 09:14:34 AM »
I lived on College St at one time just before the renovation and have toured the facility.  What a beautiful renovation. What an asset the Weavers are to our city !

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Re: Thoughts from the Renovation of The John Gorrie
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2013, 11:32:56 AM »
This is a great article. Love the pictures. John Gorrie was a very bad school at the time. It's amazing that students could behave that way in such a beautiful building. The neighborhood has really gotten better since it was a school, though.

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Re: Thoughts from the Renovation of The John Gorrie
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2013, 11:38:13 AM »
I love to see the exposed brick, really a beautiful project overall.

Does anyone know how does the low ownership rate affect the condo fees? Is it passed on to the 24 current owners or do the Weavers have to pay the shares of the vacant units?
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Re: Thoughts from the Renovation of The John Gorrie
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2013, 11:49:36 AM »
my question is...if Jacksonville can afford to spend millions and millions on a tucking useless scoreboard...why couldn't we have spend much less to keep a school...our schools are crammed full and we give one away all the while spending money on frivolous things...now we have apartments few can afford...yes it looks great...but Id rather have a school....funny how they got a killer deal on a property the city should have kep

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Re: Thoughts from the Renovation of The John Gorrie
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2013, 12:08:27 PM »
my question is...if Jacksonville can afford to spend millions and millions on a tucking useless scoreboard...why couldn't we have spend much less to keep a school...our schools are crammed full and we give one away all the while spending money on frivolous things...now we have apartments few can afford...yes it looks great...but Id rather have a school....funny how they got a killer deal on a property the city should have kep

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Re: Thoughts from the Renovation of The John Gorrie
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2013, 12:57:06 PM »
my question is...if Jacksonville can afford to spend millions and millions on a tucking useless scoreboard...why couldn't we have spend much less to keep a school...our schools are crammed full and we give one away all the while spending money on frivolous things...now we have apartments few can afford...yes it looks great...but Id rather have a school....funny how they got a killer deal on a property the city should have kep

I assume you're referring to the scoreboards at Everbank.  My understanding is that the money that the City will use is from the bed tax. Those funds cannot be used for things like schools.

I really hope that this project succeeds in the long term.  I've seen these work in other cities.

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Re: Thoughts from the Renovation of The John Gorrie
« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2013, 01:24:24 PM »
Props to Mrs Weaver. Great adaptive reuse.

Beautiful interiors.

Taken the tours a few times. Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I'd say all but a few of those units have awkward floor layouts w/ very little access to light. The ones facing Stockton and College are the cream of the crop units.

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Re: Thoughts from the Renovation of The John Gorrie
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2013, 01:30:35 PM »
I thought it was a beautiful story.  Sounds like it's almost a "donation" of sorts.

She spent $221K/unit and has sold the first 24 at only $154K a unit.

Which is why we don't see this type of adaptive reuse happening with half of downtown's vacant structures.
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