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acme54321

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Re: Restaurant and Rooftop Bar Planned for Old Fire Station
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2020, 11:15:39 PM »
Interesting.  Risky move.

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Re: Restaurant and Rooftop Bar Planned for Old Fire Station
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2020, 11:55:33 PM »
Pretty cool. We noticed the post earlier today. That entire strip of old buildings in the vicinity of Broad Street between Adams and Beaver has the potential to be a pretty unique district. It reminds me a lot of what Beale Street was before it came back. There are a ton of themes she could go with. It's the last thing left from when the area was a red light district, jazz and blues era strip, chinese district and home to the first black owned theatre in the south.
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Re: Restaurant and Rooftop Bar Planned for Old Fire Station
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2020, 09:56:13 PM »
I saw it through Facebook. I went through that building a couple of times. Not a lot left. She bought a shell in poor condition. And I have no idea about parking. From what I could tell it had no parking. Guess that will reveal itself in the next few months.  I do wish her the best. The link says it need someone with vision. I will add to that: CASH.

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Re: Restaurant and Rooftop Bar Planned for Old Fire Station
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2020, 01:32:20 PM »
I was actually looking at putting something similar in the building. Distillery/liquor store 1st floor, restaurant 2nd, bar roof. The building is an absolute shell. Even the emergency side door technically opens onto the other property. There is not any sort of parking on the land, but there are nearby lots that could be leveraged.

Unfortunately it was outside my comfort, skills and financing so I wish her well... I really look forward to seeing her ideas! She got a great price so it'll be interesting what the cost of renovating and getting the space up to standards will be.
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Re: Restaurant and Rooftop Bar Planned for Old Fire Station
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2020, 01:58:58 PM »
https://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2020/06/11/sandy-yawn-firehouse-downtown-jacksonville.html?iana=hpmvp_jac_news_headline

Anyone see that coming?

Hopefully it doesn't suffer the same fate as Levels, and countless other projects that were announced loudly, then died a quiet death without notice.

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Re: Restaurant and Rooftop Bar Planned for Old Fire Station
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2020, 06:27:53 AM »
An update on the proposed restaurant in the old firehouse at 618 W Adams.

https://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2020/07/09/reality-tv-yacht-captain-plans-to-transform-centur.html

She says the firehouse in poor condition and will need to be demolished.  She plans on copying the existing building with a new build.  She also believes all of this can be done by the end of 2020.  She's been told it's more realistic to expect it to be completed by 1Q 2021.  It doesn't appears that she has plans in hand and definitely hasn't started the permitting process.
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Re: Restaurant and Rooftop Bar Planned for Old Fire Station
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2020, 07:27:32 AM »
The article makes it appear that she doesn't know much about development and didn't do enough due diligence before purchasing the property. She won't be through DDRB by the end of the year, much less it being completed by 1Q 2021.
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Re: Restaurant and Rooftop Bar Planned for Old Fire Station
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2020, 07:36:24 AM »
That's exactly what it sounds like to me as well.  These are absolutely unrealistic expectations for any building, let alone one in a downtown area with an extra layer of review.  It doesn't sound like she has a solid business plan for the restaurant either.
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Re: Restaurant and Rooftop Bar Planned for Old Fire Station
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2020, 07:57:23 AM »
I got that impression as well. I wish her well but I would not be surprised if her plans change and a restaurant never materializes.
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Re: Restaurant and Rooftop Bar Planned for Old Fire Station
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2020, 09:32:18 AM »
"She says the firehouse in poor condition and will need to be demolished."

Hmmmm...glad she's discovered that AFTER purchasing it. 

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Re: Restaurant and Rooftop Bar Planned for Old Fire Station
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2020, 11:11:25 AM »
The article makes it appear that she doesn't know much about development and didn't do enough due diligence before purchasing the property. She won't be through DDRB by the end of the year, much less it being completed by 1Q 2021.

Or that's how she would like it to appear?