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GNP Development to restore former JEA Tower
« on: April 07, 2015, 10:15:01 PM »
GNP Development to restore former JEA Tower



Central Florida-based GNP Development plans to give downtown's largest abandoned skyscraper a new lease on life!

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Re: GNP Development to restore former JEA Tower
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2015, 10:27:39 PM »
This is good news.

Hopefully this proposal will stick, its a good looking building and needs a new lease on life. (no pun intended)

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Re: GNP Development to restore former JEA Tower
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2015, 10:30:59 PM »
I sure hope they don't need incentives.
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Re: GNP Development to restore former JEA Tower
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2015, 10:39:41 PM »
Renderings look awesome. The building appears to be in good shape, so hopefully everything goes smoothly.
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Re: GNP Development to restore former JEA Tower
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2015, 10:42:47 PM »
^ The Hemming Park "bat signal" being shot up on the building's back facade this week is pretty sweet!

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Re: GNP Development to restore former JEA Tower
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2015, 10:46:34 PM »
I know I sound like a huge pessimist here but.... I'll believe it when I see it. These renders have been around for years and considering the old Barnett building / trio are stuck, along with several other high profile projects, I'm not holding my breath anymore.

Anyways, here's hoping it works out. *sips whiskey*

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Re: GNP Development to restore former JEA Tower
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2015, 01:14:34 AM »
^^^Yeah, it's understandable not to get hopes up high. Like many said, hopefully everything goes as planned. These renderings are tailor made for this building; Instantly from an aged office tower to a trendy modern high rise.
« Last Edit: April 09, 2015, 04:15:39 PM by I-10east »

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Re: GNP Development to restore former JEA Tower
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2015, 06:54:14 AM »
I sure hope they don't need incentives.
of course they will need/seek incentives

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Re: GNP Development to restore former JEA Tower
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2015, 07:04:20 AM »
Looks like it would be an awesome addition to DT.  That area is pretty desolate.

I didn't see any mention of a timeline on this thing.  Is there one?
« Last Edit: April 08, 2015, 07:06:16 AM by acme54321 »

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Re: GNP Development to restore former JEA Tower
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2015, 08:19:22 AM »
How old is the rendering?

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Re: GNP Development to restore former JEA Tower
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2015, 09:07:28 AM »
It's from May 2013

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Re: GNP Development to restore former JEA Tower
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2015, 09:13:33 AM »
GNP's announcement was provided yesterday. However, this does not mean that they haven't been quietly working behind the scenes for a while.  On the other hand, until we learn more, for all we know they could be taking over another entity's failed proposal.  Only time will tell.
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Re: GNP Development to restore former JEA Tower
« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2015, 10:01:03 AM »
The design was originally created by Dasher Hurst. They have many neat designs on their page (my personal favorite is 323 Duval Street). Click "Project Info" in the top right, while looking at any of the projects, to see their inspiration.

http://www.dasherhurst.com/portfolio/independent-life-building/

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Re: GNP Development to restore former JEA Tower
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2015, 10:05:45 AM »
323 Duval was a nice design. Unfortunately, it & the 404 Julia project went up in smoke nearly a decade ago.
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Re: GNP Development to restore former JEA Tower
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2015, 10:54:05 AM »
323 Duval was a nice design. Unfortunately, it & the 404 Julia project went up in smoke nearly a decade ago.
Believe it or not, that design for 323 Duval was from 2002-3 time period.  We did a number of different studies while at Rink Design for an office building to house the slew of Attorneys that were sure to move to Lavilla with the new Courthouse.  In one of the nighttime renderings (image 3 on our website), the open space beyond was the lawn in front of the County Courthouse which at that time was the Cannon design before it got thrown out.   Too bad none of the office designs ever got built, the delays of the Courthouse were the demise in this project. 
Incidentally, we drew a lot of influence from the adjacent Independent Life Bldg which we consider a great mid-century building.  You can see a lot of it's influence in the Federal Courthouse too.