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Old Ind Life Bldg ---> luxury condos + grocery store?
« on: October 09, 2019, 12:04:40 PM »
The old Independent Life Building, the empty one by Sweet Pete's, has an owner with big plans for it.  Is residential downtown starting to become a thing?   Or wait and see if this or any other projects actually break ground and follow-up the few going on right now?


https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/old-independent-life-building-slated-for-downtown-apartments-grocery-store

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Re: Old Ind Life Bldg ---> luxury condos + grocery store?
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2019, 12:18:09 PM »
Residential in downtown has been a thing for a while now. When projects actually get built, they tend to lease up real quick.
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Re: Old Ind Life Bldg ---> luxury condos + grocery store?
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2019, 06:45:15 AM »
I remember when this project was first announced....5 years ago.
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Re: Old Ind Life Bldg ---> luxury condos + grocery store?
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2019, 08:14:33 AM »
Not the same people.

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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2019, 09:03:52 AM »
Yep. Totally different group and project.
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Re: Old Ind Life Bldg ---> luxury condos + grocery store?
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2019, 09:06:51 AM »
Lol!
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Re: Old Ind Life Bldg ---> luxury condos + grocery store?
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2019, 09:14:30 AM »
Klassic Kerry....

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Re: Old Ind Life Bldg ---> luxury condos + grocery store?
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2019, 12:36:35 PM »
I remember when this project was first announced....5 years ago.

But hey....good to have you back! I was wondering if you said, screw this place and moved to OKC permanently! I strangely missed the whole, "Find the negative in holding the winning lottery ticket," viewpoint.

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Re: Old Ind Life Bldg ---> luxury condos + grocery store?
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2019, 04:59:46 PM »
Klassic Kerry....
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Re: Old Ind Life Bldg ---> luxury condos + grocery store?
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2020, 06:33:09 PM »
Both stories in this thread are amazingly similar for being 5 months apart.
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Re: Old Ind Life Bldg ---> luxury condos + grocery store?
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2020, 11:37:56 AM »
Looks like the multifamily component of the Ambassador Hotel project has been canceled, with those multifamily/garage efforts instead being focused on the Independent Life project.

https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/augustine-development-postpones-apartments-garage-at-ambassador-hotel

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Re: Old Ind Life Bldg ---> luxury condos + grocery store?
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2020, 02:07:19 PM »
Looks like the multifamily component of the Ambassador Hotel project has been canceled, with those multifamily/garage efforts instead being focused on the Independent Life project.

https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/augustine-development-postpones-apartments-garage-at-ambassador-hotel
Makes sense to me. Acquiring the former Independent Life Building and redeveloping/constructing multi-family there, along with the garage, ensures no duplication by having it also at the Ambassador Site along with the garage. I would guess it's a "money thing" as well because if you are building/constructing the same thing on two sites, across the street from each other, and you're constructing the same thing at the same time, that's a little bit more money being thrown around in my opinion for the two developments. I'm not as well versed in this stuff as you all are, but I've learned a lot since joining this forum. I hope we see more developments and redevelopments of this nature rise up and Jax gets it together and gets moving.
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Re: Old Ind Life Bldg ---> luxury condos + grocery store?
« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2020, 03:38:39 PM »
Looks like the multifamily component of the Ambassador Hotel project has been canceled, with those multifamily/garage efforts instead being focused on the Independent Life project.

https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/augustine-development-postpones-apartments-garage-at-ambassador-hotel


Damn. I'd ask if they could just give the multifamily component to someone else, but with how the economy's looking, that's not happening.

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Re: Old Ind Life Bldg ---> luxury condos + grocery store?
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2020, 09:24:48 PM »
I got a tour of these buildings today. Sounds like a pretty cool project. The grocery component isn't a 20k square foot traditional grocery store. It's a mix of a market and a five vendor food hall. IMO, that makes a lot more sense than the idea of a chain like Whole Foods or Publix opening in the Northbank.

Across the street, the Ambassador would be a boutique hotel with a restaurant on the ground floor at the corner of Julia and Church streets. Vestcor is out but the plan to build apartments on the site is not. The development will be phased. A parking garage would be built in the middle of the block behind the Ambassador. It will serve both blocks and eventually be wrapped Texas donut style with infill apartments. The old Marine National Bank Building next to the Ambassador would be retrofitted into apartments as well. I'm looking forward to seeing if they can pull this off.
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