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Doro's days come to an end as demolition begins
« on: April 06, 2021, 08:05:45 AM »
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A collection of industrial buildings dating back to 1904, come down in preparation for the construction of an infill mixed-use apartment complex.


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Re: Doro's days come to an end as demolition begins
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2021, 12:05:53 AM »
What a shame.

I still question the viability of the Rise apartment project on this property, especially with the death of Lot J.

Drove down the northern end of Philips Highway this week and it looks like there are plenty of apartments to meet near-term demand for urban core perimeter housing in an area that offers far more than this one.  Add the apartment growth in Brooklyn and the Southbank and the thousands more in the burbs and I can't help but wonder when supply will finally exceed demand.

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Re: Doro's days come to an end as demolition begins
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2021, 12:49:48 PM »
I don't think I'll ever stop being confused by why it had to be this specific site, but at this point what's done is done. Hope they're successful apartments at least.
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Re: Doro's days come to an end as demolition begins
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2021, 11:28:20 PM »
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Rise executives, city officials view George Doro Fixture Co. demolition Downtown

Rise: A Real Estate Co. executives, city officials and others gathered April 20 Downtown as demolition crews began to tear down the remains of the George Doro Fixture Co. building.

Valdosta, Georgia-based Rise executives and dignitaries also gathered for a party at neighboring 121 Financial Ballpark for what the company called “The Doro Demo Day.”

https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/photo-gallery/rise-executives-city-officials-view-george-doro-fixture-co-demolition-downtown

Rad!

What’s a guy gotta do to get an invite to a demolition in this city?



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Re: Doro's days come to an end as demolition begins
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2021, 12:03:31 AM »
^ What does it say when "city officials" actively celebrate the demolition of our historic buildings?  Shame!

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Re: Doro's days come to an end as demolition begins
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2021, 08:19:03 AM »
^ What does it say when "city officials" actively celebrate the demolition of our historic buildings?  Shame!

Yeah. This is another example (of which there are hundreds) of how the source of so many of the city's problems is not 'Consolidation' but just plain clueless leadership.
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Re: Doro's days come to an end as demolition begins
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2021, 08:26:19 AM »
Can't believe someone paid almost $3 an acre for land in DT JAX. I know no two properties are identical but you can't tell me they couldn't have found a suitable site nearby for that.  They should have bought the property across Randolph from where they are building. That building would be no loss at all.
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Re: Doro's days come to an end as demolition begins
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2021, 08:36:00 AM »
The big white building?



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Shortly after the opening of Ford's plant, Jacksonville's economic prosperity ended with the burst of Florida's real estate bubble during the mid-1920s. Shipbuilding in this area of the downtown riverfront would once again bring economic growth back to the region.

With the country involved in World War II and taking advantage of a $17 million United States Maritime Commission investment, East Bay Street's Merrill-Stevens established the St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company in 1942 with an initial workforce of 258. This shipyard was located east of Hogans Creek and south of East Adams Street. Between 1942 and 1945, 82 liberty ships were produced at this site to transport troops and supplies across the globe. In 1944, it employed over 20,000 workers. When the war was over, so was production at St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company.

https://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2014-dec-the-sports-district-life-before-everbank-field/page/2

That's the St. Johns Shipbuilding Company office building. I'm not sure, but it may be a local landmark. If it isn't, it should be. With this project, I would not expect anything different from a development firm not from Jax, that also is not connected into its history. This one is all on the city. We knew for 30 years that this property was worthy of landmarking and for whatever reason, never officially did it. Unfortunately, there's a lot more out there just like it.
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Re: Doro's days come to an end as demolition begins
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2021, 09:07:30 AM »
After seeing Jordan Elsbury broing it up at Newfound Glory and absolutely losing his mind when they did a cover of "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None the Richer, I imagine he was going HAM at the demolition party.  Probably shotgunned a beer anytime a big chunk of the building was knocked down. His punk/ska dancing to that awful cover will be forever seered into my brain and imortalized on my cell phone.

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Re: Doro's days come to an end as demolition begins
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2021, 12:05:49 AM »
Vultures celebrating the end of the historic Doro.  Can anyone call out any of these Curry "demolition club" fans?



https://www.jacksonville.com/picture-gallery/news/2021/04/22/final-structure-historic-doro-fixtures-building-falls-demolition/7341368002/

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Re: Doro's days come to an end as demolition begins
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2021, 02:20:04 AM »
District 8 Councilwoman Ju'Coby Pittman is just to the left of center. That might be District 9 Councilman Garrett Dennis further to the left, wearing a hat behind the man in a blue blazer. Beats me who the rest of them are. I suppose it might just be nice to have the party after so long, assuming everyone up there is vaccinated. The reason probably isn't a huge deal in that case.

It's just like with the Annex, people like watching stuff blown up.
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Re: Doro's days come to an end as demolition begins
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2021, 03:35:49 PM »
The loss of the Doro is featured in the current Preservation Magazine, published by the National Trust:

https://savingplaces.org/stories/places-restored-threatened-saved-and-lost-in-preservation-magazines-spring-2021-issue

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Re: Doro's days come to an end as demolition begins
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2021, 05:10:39 PM »
The loss of the Doro is featured in the current Preservation Magazine, published by the National Trust:

https://savingplaces.org/stories/places-restored-threatened-saved-and-lost-in-preservation-magazines-spring-2021-issue

I bet Jacksonville is a regular feature in this publication for all the wrong reasons.

Sad to see such great buildings come down.  I recall seeing many pictures of the Research Triangle building over the decades and am surprised that wasn't repurposed either.  It's clear no building is too big to not be demolished when you see that come down.