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Affordable Elderly Apartments proposed for downtown
« on: October 02, 2013, 05:17:43 PM »
A 102 unit affordable apartment complex for senior citizens has been proposed for a downtown surface parking lot. Madison Landing Apartments will consist of multiple floors of housing over parking garage.  The project goes before the DDRB tomorrow.  We'll have more information on this development in tomorrow's main story.

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Re: Affordable Elderly Apartments proposed for downtown
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2013, 05:19:44 PM »
The site is the Pearl Street parking lot behind KBJ Architects. It's directly across the street from Metropolitan Lofts.

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Re: Affordable Elderly Apartments proposed for downtown
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2013, 05:26:10 PM »
So we are talking assisted living as well?
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Re: Affordable Elderly Apartments proposed for downtown
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2013, 05:31:01 PM »
I don't believe this is an assisted living facility. However, the minimum age for tenants is 55.
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Re: Affordable Elderly Apartments proposed for downtown
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2013, 05:46:08 PM »
Well dang, 55 is not old from my vantage point.  lol   I will be interested to hear more about what is planned and your take on it in your piece tomorrow.
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Re: Affordable Elderly Apartments proposed for downtown
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2013, 05:55:10 PM »
Will there be a retail requirement?
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Re: Affordable Elderly Apartments proposed for downtown
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2013, 06:06:44 PM »
Not sure how they're responding to that at this point. I'm still digging into all the information.
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Re: Affordable Elderly Apartments proposed for downtown
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2013, 06:23:01 PM »
Will there be a retail requirement?
  Yes, they will have bingo on the ground floor!  lol
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Re: Affordable Elderly Apartments proposed for downtown
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2013, 06:30:07 PM »
Great news.  What ever happened to the proposal that was a block north of La Villa School of Arts. 

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Re: Affordable Elderly Apartments proposed for downtown
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2013, 06:33:36 PM »
Great news.  What ever happened to the proposal that was a block north of La Villa School of Arts. 
J.C. are you talking about the one a few years back or another more recently?
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Re: Affordable Elderly Apartments proposed for downtown
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2013, 07:12:07 PM »
That was a response to the LaVilla RFP.  I would assume there would have to be some negotiation process to see if a deal with COJ could be achieved.  That alone could take months before even getting into the development process and the network of approvals, financing and permits needed before breaking ground. 

I'm going off on a tangent now but some may think I sound like a Debbie Downer when I say basing DT revitalization primarily around infill residential growth, specifically in the Northbank, is a bad idea.  Nothing wrong with infill (we need all we can get) but getting a single project from concept to completion takes years. Just look at 220 Riverside.  It's taken a good decade to get that project off the ground and it's only 300 units. 

Some (I don't) believe 10,000 people is the magic number. During the last decade, we added less than 2,000 and that was during the greatest urban development boom since the 1920s. If so, unless we're content of waiting another 20 years to get anywhere close to that number, we might want to make sure we have a few other "short term" foot traffic generating concepts high up on the priority list.
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Re: Affordable Elderly Apartments proposed for downtown
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2013, 08:27:11 PM »
This is the same type of development that is proposed for the 1400 block of Main Street. Basically, you can't make over a certain amount of money to live there, but they are not low-income either. There are other examples in Jax, including Madison Manner in the 'burbs. This project and the one on Main Street may be in competition for the same funding, in fact.

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Re: Affordable Elderly Apartments proposed for downtown
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2013, 09:44:39 PM »
Wait, surface parking lots turning in to buildings? What is this, April fools or opposite day?  :D ;D

This is good news, more people downtown is always a good thing.
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Re: Affordable Elderly Apartments proposed for downtown
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2013, 05:56:58 AM »
This is the same type of development that is proposed for the 1400 block of Main Street. Basically, you can't make over a certain amount of money to live there, but they are not low-income either. There are other examples in Jax, including Madison Manner in the 'burbs. This project and the one on Main Street may be in competition for the same funding, in fact.

Just to be clear. One is in the new DIA zone and the other one is outside of the DIA zone but in an historic area. But there is connectivity?

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Re: Affordable Elderly Apartments proposed for downtown
« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2013, 07:25:56 AM »
Lake - The 32202 economic data I was able to pull from 2011 showed this zip code to be dead last in Median Household Income at just over $15,000 per resident, of course there were only an estimated 6,000 residents in this zip code. I am not sure how assisted living will boost the Median Income, but maybe the apartments will be converted to condos and raise the median property value.

Anyone know if the new facility will allow pets? More boomers have pets to help with alone issues. Before it is built, would be a great time to incorporate new ideas.
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