Author Topic: The Universal Marion (JEA) building is worth saving  (Read 6975 times)

tufsu1

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Re: The Universal Marion (JEA) building is worth saving
« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2020, 09:44:03 PM »
Finally had time to read this - thorough research and great article!

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Re: The Universal Marion (JEA) building is worth saving
« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2020, 09:56:24 PM »
Thank you sir!
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Re: The Universal Marion (JEA) building is worth saving
« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2024, 06:09:29 PM »
It appears JEA views this tower being converted into apartments:

https://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2024/02/13/jea-redevelopment.html
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Re: The Universal Marion (JEA) building is worth saving
« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2024, 06:20:47 PM »
I recall an argument at one point of moving JSO there, but seeing as they appear to be leaning towards the Florida Blue tower this is probably the next best use. Hopefully they can find a feasible plan to adapt this building (even if that means some serious modifications) instead of demoing it like the City Hall Annex.
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Re: The Universal Marion (JEA) building is worth saving
« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2024, 06:25:32 PM »
This building should be pretty easy to adaptive reuse. City Hall Annex was too. Luckily, it seems like there are brighter heads in charge now than a few years ago.
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Re: The Universal Marion (JEA) building is worth saving
« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2024, 11:46:25 PM »
Charter Company spent millions gutting the Universal Marion building and bringing it up to early 1980's Class A standards.  As such, bringing it up to 2024 standards should be much easier than other older buildings that haven't been updated since they were built or were last done in even older times.

Floor plates are decent size (measures about 150' x 150' on Google maps = 22,500 sf/floor) and shape so apartments, among other uses, should work well there. 

Assuming 20%/floor common area, that leaves 18,000 sf inside apartments.  Should be good for 15 to 18 +/- units a floor.  Not counting the rooftop round and the ground floor, I count 15 floors.  So, might get about 225 to 270 units.  That's a solid amount of units (does any north core building have more units?) that should justify a decent investment in updating it.

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Re: The Universal Marion (JEA) building is worth saving
« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2024, 08:53:08 AM »
No lack of parking that's for sure.