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Re: Closed Arlington bank property under contract for car wash
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2022, 10:40:01 AM »
Oh joy! Destroying a mid-century modern building for a carwash.
[sarcasm] It's a good thing there aren't any other carwash businesses in Arlington. [end sarcasm]

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Re: Closed Arlington bank property under contract for car wash
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2023, 02:04:46 PM »
An email from Old Arlington, Inc. President Steve Matchett:
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Good News! The zoning exception application by Take 5 Car Wash was put on hold last week as the OAI-sponsored local landmark application for the building moves forward. The Planning Commission was expected to consider the zoning items at its meeting this week, however, it was announced at last week’s Renew Arlington Advisory Committee meeting that scheduled consideration of the car wash’s exception and administrative deviation applications was deferred pending the outcome of the proposed historic designation. The Planning & Development Department confirmed it was not preparing a staff report/recommendation at this time.

The focus now moves to the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission and its process involving the building’s local landmark application which is being prepared by the P&DD. Though some preliminary findings may be discussed at the JHPC meeting on June 28th, it appears that the item will be formally considered Wednesday, July 26th. If approved by the JHPC, the nomination goes to the City Council for final consideration. The building would retain the protected, “potential landmark” status throughout the process.

Thanks to the many who signed up to oppose the car wash applications, both on-site and at the 6/22/23 Planning Commission meeting. While the need for such has abated - at least for now - we’ll remain vigilant and confident as we move forward in designating the Arlington Federal Savings & Loan building as an historic local landmark.

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Re: Closed Arlington bank property under contract for car wash
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2023, 06:45:57 PM »
Arlington must retain its Midcentury Modern esthetic and build upon it.

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Re: Closed Arlington bank property under contract for car wash
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2023, 08:02:57 PM »
An email from Old Arlington, Inc. President Steve Matchett:
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Good News! The zoning exception application by Take 5 Car Wash was put on hold last week as the OAI-sponsored local landmark application for the building moves forward. The Planning Commission was expected to consider the zoning items at its meeting this week, however, it was announced at last week’s Renew Arlington Advisory Committee meeting that scheduled consideration of the car wash’s exception and administrative deviation applications was deferred pending the outcome of the proposed historic designation. The Planning & Development Department confirmed it was not preparing a staff report/recommendation at this time.

The focus now moves to the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission and its process involving the building’s local landmark application which is being prepared by the P&DD. Though some preliminary findings may be discussed at the JHPC meeting on June 28th, it appears that the item will be formally considered Wednesday, July 26th. If approved by the JHPC, the nomination goes to the City Council for final consideration. The building would retain the protected, “potential landmark” status throughout the process.

Thanks to the many who signed up to oppose the car wash applications, both on-site and at the 6/22/23 Planning Commission meeting. While the need for such has abated - at least for now - we’ll remain vigilant and confident as we move forward in designating the Arlington Federal Savings & Loan building as an historic local landmark.

Steve and Alan Bliss put together a fantastic presentation at HPC last month to initiate the landmark research. Hats off to them.

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Re: Closed Arlington bank property under contract for car wash
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2023, 09:36:32 PM »
Nice to see. Hopefully, the JHPC staff will find enough to get the building locally landmarked.
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Re: Closed Arlington bank property under contract for car wash
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2023, 11:56:43 PM »
UPDATE:  City Council LUZ committee votes 5 to 0 to recommend saving this building.  As usual, Paul Harden stands alone against community interests.  Add this to his Lot J loss.  Hope City Council follows the committee.  Maybe we have a turning of the tide regarding historic building appreciation.  One can hope.

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Committee votes to protect Arlington bank building planned for car wash
The historic preservation ordinance advances to the full City Council.

The Arlington Federal Savings and Loan Building is a lasting reminder of the “Mad Men” era of American architecture, but it’s in danger of going the way of that period’s three-martini business lunches because of plans to replace it with a car wash.

A group of Arlington residents determined not to let that happen attended the Dec. 5 City Council Land Use and Zoning Committee meeting to support an ordinance that would give the mid-century modern building historical protection and save it from demolition.

“It is really a gem,” said former Council member Bill Bishop, one of several dozen supporters of the building who turned out for the meeting.

 “It is not ever going to be duplicated again. And if it goes, it’s gone forever.”

After a lengthy hearing in which the property owner’s attorney, Paul Harden, argued that the building had deteriorated too much to be renovated, the committee sided with its defenders by voting 5-0 to advance the ordinance to a vote by the full Council....

....Built in 1961, the savings and loan’s most distinguishing feature is its precast concrete facade, which includes an array of triangle and diamond shapes interspersed with vertical columns. These designs form the building’s brise soleil – a French term that translates to “sun breaker” – which provides shading from sunlight and solar heat while still allowing natural lighting through the windows.

In a 2022 book about the architecture of Jacksonville, local historian Wayne W. Wood said the building’s brise soleil “ranks as one of the most inventive concrete structures in Jacksonville.”

The 5,068-square-foot, single-story structure was designed by Miami-based architect Edwin T. Reeder, whose work included numerous designs in the mid-century modern style. Among his projects was a remodeling of the former Central National Bank building at 404 N. Julia St. in Downtown Jacksonville, where a mid-century modern facade was added to the original facing.....





https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/news/2023/dec/06/committee-votes-to-protect-arlington-bank-building-planned-for-car-wash/
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Re: Closed Arlington bank property under contract for car wash
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2023, 08:22:07 AM »
^How is this any different from the Ford plant or FBC Sunday School Building? Same process and result so far. Now let's see if anything has changed with council when it comes to overturning JHPC.
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Re: Closed Arlington bank property under contract for car wash
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2023, 12:41:33 AM »
Surprise, surprise... City Council votes 17-0 to save this bank property.

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Council designates Arlington bank building as historic, avoiding demolition
Old Arlington Inc. President Steve Matchett calls the vote a win for neighborhood revitalization.

In a decision favoring proponents of historic preservation and revitalization in Arlington, the Jacksonville City Council voted unanimously Dec. 12 in favor of an ordinance designating the former Arlington Federal Savings & Loan building as a historic landmark.

Pending Mayor Donna Deegan’s signature – or an appeal of the decision by the property owner to Circuit Court – the Council’s 17-0 vote subjects any plans to demolish the 62-year-old building or alter its street-facing portions to a review for historic appropriateness.

The Council passed the legislation, Ordinance 2023-0701, without comment after it had been unanimously approved by the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission and the Land Use and Zoning Committee...

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Re: Closed Arlington bank property under contract for car wash
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2023, 08:44:48 AM »
^How is this any different from the Ford plant or FBC Sunday School Building?

These city boards/commissioners change over time, just depending on who's on them. As does city council. How organized the advocacy is, is also an important variable. Old Arlington Inc has been very engaged from the beginning of this issue, has done a great job engaging the larger community. Another variable is the alternative to what's there. There's almost universal dislike for "another car wash".

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Re: Closed Arlington bank property under contract for car wash
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2023, 08:58:05 AM »
^How is this any different from the Ford plant or FBC Sunday School Building?

These city boards/commissioners change over time, just depending on who's on them. As does city council. How organized the advocacy is, is also an important variable. Old Arlington Inc has been very engaged from the beginning of this issue, has done a great job engaging the larger community. Another variable is the alternative to what's there. There's almost universal dislike for "another car wash".

Good point fsu. A car wash here would be criminal given the efforts by JWB across the street! The community deserves something better there. Still pretty upset about the Ford Plant... that's one of those demolitions this city will regret long-term.

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Re: Closed Arlington bank property under contract for car wash
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2023, 11:41:33 AM »
^How is this any different from the Ford plant or FBC Sunday School Building?

These city boards/commissioners change over time, just depending on who's on them. As does city council. How organized the advocacy is, is also an important variable. Old Arlington Inc has been very engaged from the beginning of this issue, has done a great job engaging the larger community. Another variable is the alternative to what's there. There's almost universal dislike for "another car wash".

Good point indeed. The mayoral administrations, boards, commissions and council seats do change. This is an example of that.
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