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Downtown / Re: Demolition of Kartouche Building
« Last post by thelakelander on Today at 12:43:34 AM »
^Yes, our preservation and incentives policies could use a bit more teeth to make adaptive reuse and historic preservation more financially feasible and equitable. I doubt that the historical society is the answer but HPC having more power would not hurt.
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Downtown / Re: Demolition of Kartouche Building
« Last post by itsfantastic1 on Yesterday at 11:22:38 PM »
Are there any changes to laws that need to be made? It seems like if the owner is against designation or just doesn't bother to designate; it will eventually fall to the full council who seem to fall back on the excuse that since the building was never landmarked before, it must not be important now.

Giving the historical society or the HPC power to begin researching (and filing if appropriate) historical designation of buildings they deem fit would be the way to go. This process always seems to happen when an owner wants to "develop", which leads to owners fighting the status and the council falling on the old excuse I mentioned above because we can't stop development.
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Downtown / Re: Demolition of Kartouche Building
« Last post by MusicMan on Yesterday at 11:00:32 PM »
I had been keeping an eye on this on through Loopnet and very recently it appeared to be 'Under Contract'. That being said on Loopnet sometimes a for sale property is suddenly NOT FOR SALE. Very curious what the status is. I don't think coj.net is up to date on this property.
I was hoping for a reuse. When these are for sale someone with a vision for reuse better step up or they will be gone.
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Politics / Re: JAX potential new host of 2020 GOP convention
« Last post by jaxlongtimer on Yesterday at 09:49:19 PM »
Now Mitch McConnell saying RNC convention may not happen.  Who whada guessed  ::)?

https://nypost.com/2020/07/09/mitch-mcconnell-republican-national-convention-may-not-happen/
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Politics / Re: JAX potential new host of 2020 GOP convention
« Last post by marcuscnelson on Yesterday at 05:57:12 PM »
Uh… what?

Explain Like I'm Five?
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Politics / Re: JAX potential new host of 2020 GOP convention
« Last post by thelakelander on Yesterday at 04:52:40 PM »
What a cluster this is turning out to be.
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Downtown / Re: Armory Being RFP'd
« Last post by thelakelander on Yesterday at 04:51:54 PM »
Haven't heard anything since the pandemic began.
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Politics / Re: JAX potential new host of 2020 GOP convention
« Last post by Steve on Yesterday at 03:54:36 PM »
If this is true, then things are about to get REALLLLLY interesting:

NY Times is reporting that DeSantis is quietly hindering donations to the RNC in Jacksonville.

Nate Monroe has pointed out within the last week that it seems odd that DeSantis isn't on the host committee. You'd think he'd be on there as a figurehead if nothing else.

EDIT: Apparently it's over a personal dispute with Susie Wiles, his former campaign manager. Anyone who has followed Jacksonville politics for that long knows that name all the way back to the 2003 Mayor's race. Wow. Not a lot stuns me. Wow.
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Downtown / Re: Armory Being RFP'd
« Last post by nuts over reality on Yesterday at 03:32:21 PM »
Has anyone heard if the armory plan is going forward?
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DIA considering adding additional funding due to "surprising" demand, even amidst the pandemic.

https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/dia-considers-more-money-for-retail-enhancement-and-street-projects"S
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