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Title: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: thelakelander on January 17, 2020, 09:17:11 AM
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In a city where structurally sound, historically significant properties come crashing down like dominoes, a building that was home to a luxury downtown retailer for 51 years may become the next to go.


Read More: https://www.thejaxsonmag.com/article/downtowns-akers-cody-building-to-be-demolished/
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: Snaketoz on January 17, 2020, 09:30:07 AM
Oh, the memories.. that intersection used to be the area for the best shopping in the area.  It was busy, vibrant, and always had the latest quality products available.  Wish it was like it was 60 years ago.
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: heights unknown on January 17, 2020, 10:22:41 AM
When is this demolition, wrecking ball, and razing madness going to stop?
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: Captain Zissou on January 17, 2020, 10:37:05 AM
If the building is still able to support 8 floors of development above the current 2, I see no reason to demolish it.  If not and there are plans to increase the density of that block, then so be it.  However, the developer should be required to start construction of whatever comes next within 30 days of demolition.
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: thelakelander on January 17, 2020, 10:42:22 AM
It will be interesting to see what they come up with but what has been mentioned so far is demolition to create a more open campus style setting. That gives an impression of a surface parking lot or pocket park as opposed to increased density.
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: Kerry on January 17, 2020, 10:48:30 AM
If the building is still able to support 8 floors of development above the current 2, I see no reason to demolish it.  If not and there are plans to increase the density of that block, then so be it.  However, the developer should be required to start construction of whatever comes next within 30 days of demolition.

I have long advocated that the City not even have a demolition permitting process.  The demolition should be part of the building permit so we can see what the replace is going to be and be sure that financing and everything else is in place...first.
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: Steve on January 17, 2020, 12:15:02 PM
If the building is still able to support 8 floors of development above the current 2, I see no reason to demolish it.  If not and there are plans to increase the density of that block, then so be it.  However, the developer should be required to start construction of whatever comes next within 30 days of demolition.

I have long advocated that the City not even have a demolition permitting process.  The demolition should be part of the building permit so we can see what the replace is going to be and be sure that financing and everything else is in place...first.

I actually agree with this in the urban core, save for areas where something catastrophic happens and the building is genuinely in danger of structural collapse.

A model could be the Southern Ground project in Avondale.
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: acme54321 on January 17, 2020, 12:22:28 PM
A model could be the Southern Ground project in Avondale.

What's up with that?
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: Steve on January 17, 2020, 01:35:08 PM
A model could be the Southern Ground project in Avondale.

What's up with that?

They’re demolishing a building on St Johns Ave in the shoppes of Avondale, and replacing it. It wasn’t a historic building but a vacant lot would look terrible. They agree to do it, so long as the permits for the demo and construction were filed simultaneously.
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: fieldafm on January 17, 2020, 02:08:25 PM
A model could be the Southern Ground project in Avondale.

What's up with that?

Info here:
https://www.thejaxsonmag.com/article/southern-grounds-coffee-proposed-in-avondale/ (https://www.thejaxsonmag.com/article/southern-grounds-coffee-proposed-in-avondale/)
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: Bativac on January 17, 2020, 04:26:50 PM
When is this demolition, wrecking ball, and razing madness going to stop?

Welcome to Jacksonville!!
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: acme54321 on January 17, 2020, 05:51:14 PM
A model could be the Southern Ground project in Avondale.

What's up with that?

They’re demolishing a building on St Johns Ave in the shoppes of Avondale, and replacing it. It wasn’t a historic building but a vacant lot would look terrible. They agree to do it, so long as the permits for the demo and construction were filed simultaneously.

Oh yeah.  Doesn't seem like there's been any movement on the project lately though.
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: jagsonville on January 17, 2020, 06:02:17 PM
A model could be the Southern Ground project in Avondale.

What's up with that?

They’re demolishing a building on St Johns Ave in the shoppes of Avondale, and replacing it. It wasn’t a historic building but a vacant lot would look terrible. They agree to do it, so long as the permits for the demo and construction were filed simultaneously.

Oh yeah.  Doesn't seem like there's been any movement on the project lately though.

They just demoed the entire former structure this week.
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: acme54321 on January 17, 2020, 08:24:54 PM
Lol, well there ya go.
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: JaGoaT on January 17, 2020, 11:10:54 PM
At this point I’m starting to think there has to be some sort of secret influx of funding into the Downtown area. I refuse to believe They are destroying perfectly good buildings with no ready plan to replace them. This is happening way too frequently. So frequently that I’m developing conspiracies. Is Jax expecting a lot of Chinese investors? Are we getting Saudi oil money that’s trying to diversify??? WTF is going on?
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: avonjax on January 18, 2020, 09:26:49 AM
When is this demolition, wrecking ball, and razing madness going to stop?

Welcome to Jacksonville!!

You mean "Welcome to Demolishville"
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: Bativac on January 18, 2020, 09:06:23 PM
I refuse to believe They are destroying perfectly good buildings with no ready plan to replace them. This is happening way too frequently.

You must be new to town!
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: downtownbrown on January 20, 2020, 11:58:46 AM
At this point I’m starting to think there has to be some sort of secret influx of funding into the Downtown area. I refuse to believe They are destroying perfectly good buildings with no ready plan to replace them. This is happening way too frequently. So frequently that I’m developing conspiracies. Is Jax expecting a lot of Chinese investors? Are we getting Saudi oil money that’s trying to diversify??? WTF is going on?

Chinese investors....Hmmmm.......
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: Kerry on January 20, 2020, 12:12:45 PM
I guess Jax is trying Urban Renewal Part 2....because Part 1 worked out so well.

How ling befor JaxChamber makes a video like this.

https://youtu.be/ZhXaPSz8Sto
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: thelakelander on January 20, 2020, 12:23:03 PM
^Last year, it was Buffalo. This year, they're headed to Tampa. Just 10 years ago, one could have made a strong argument that DT Jax was faring better than Tampa's.
Title: Re: Downtown's Akers-Cody Building to be demolished?
Post by: Kerry on January 20, 2020, 12:30:51 PM
^Last year, it was Buffalo. This year, they're headed to Tampa. Just 10 years ago, one could have made a strong argument that DT Jax was faring better than Tampa's.

When I had field trips back in grade school we always had to write a paragraph on what we learned.  I would love to see a paragraph from someone after one of these trips.