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Old 02-18-2011, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Looking forward to it....

The Library is something completely different. We bought into “The Library”, the old Haydon Burns public library, in 2007. It’s such a unique building, a landmark, so it was a good fit for what we do.

Have you heard of Latitude 30, the new entertainment venue that just opened on the Southside? When The Library is finished, it’ll be somewhat similar to that. Food and drinks, bowling, live music, pool tables, karaoke, and even a professional recording studio. But since it’s such a big space, we can do a lot more. So an antiques market and food market are also tentatively planned, and large space for large concerts as well. A start up IT company will possibly be using the 3rd floor, too.

We hope to have the funding finalized by this March, and if everything goes right, fingers crossed, construction will be finished by the end of 2011.

From: Cesery Talks Springfield | mySpringfield




.... although Latitude 30 is a bit weird. You have a dance club type of atmosphere, with guys drinking and macking on chicks, next to a family dining environment. Some what awkward at times.
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, Fl
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The first question that has to be asked ... as it is with anything downtown ... what about parking??
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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There's about 10000000000000 parking spaces downtown. If you read the article, Cesery addresses myth about parking in downtown too.
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville
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Hope this will take off and be successful. Downtown needs something like this.
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Old 02-19-2011, 06:38 AM
 
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There's about 10000000000000 parking spaces downtown. If you read the article, Cesery addresses myth about parking in downtown too.
I still wonder about parking.
Here is the quote about parking from the article:
"And there’s plenty of parking in downtown, it’s just not as user friendly as it should be. Poor signage is one of the problems, and some charge for spaces that should be free. But there are plenty of actual, physical parking spaces there. It’s more about access."

Does Cesery plan to make parking "user friendly"?
I would like a list of the plenty of parking. And how many spots will be free parking?
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Northside Of Jacksonville
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I'm definitely going to be a regular at that spot. Your boy will be knocking them down on the pool tables
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Near the beaches
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Hmm, like Latitude 30? You mean over-priced drinks/food/etc all in a hectic environment? Been to Lat 30 and don't plan on going back. Probably wouldn't frequent this place either.

Although it's nice to see someone trying to do something downtown I guess...
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:36 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Hectic environment? What does that mean exactly?

Also, I laugh about people's thoughts on parking downtown. What a suburban town. If it's not in a strip mall on Southside then people dare not venture to it. There aren't signs for parking because our stupid city does not allow signs! The city is too stupid for words. Also, there are two parking garage operators downtown and they are both borderline criminal organizations. The only parking garages operated by private landowners in the city are those for the Bank of America building, Independent Square, and the Peninsula/Strand/11 East/the new condos.

The central parking organizations that run parking in Jacksonville would be relegated to running last resort garages in other big cities. What we need is private development above private garages that would give a level or two of free parking for patrons of commercial spaces on the ground floor and upper levels of parking gated and walled off for residents of the building above. If they would be allowed to put a sign on their garage, that would kill two birds with one stone: free and visible. Not only that, the garage would be a heck of a lot nicer than those shells that Central Parking operates.

If these garage operators had a clue, they would make parking free on the weekends and after 5 or 6 on weeknights. People might start using the garages then. Then businesses might start opening up. Then there might be enough downtown for people to come during the day, too (and pay). Then there might eventually be enough for people to pay period. They may charge now 24/7, but nobody uses the garage so they lose money anyway.

Finally, Cesery is right. There are actually sooooo many parking spaces downtown. Too many. The parking spaces we have were built mostly in the 70s and 80s and early 90s when downtown had way more workers than it does now and people projected that number to rise.
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:23 PM
 
Location: International Spacestation
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Looking forward to it....

The Library is something completely different. We bought into “The Library”, the old Haydon Burns public library, in 2007. It’s such a unique building, a landmark, so it was a good fit for what we do.

Have you heard of Latitude 30, the new entertainment venue that just opened on the Southside? When The Library is finished, it’ll be somewhat similar to that. Food and drinks, bowling, live music, pool tables, karaoke, and even a professional recording studio. But since it’s such a big space, we can do a lot more. So an antiques market and food market are also tentatively planned, and large space for large concerts as well. A start up IT company will possibly be using the 3rd floor, too.

We hope to have the funding finalized by this March, and if everything goes right, fingers crossed, construction will be finished by the end of 2011.

From: Cesery Talks Springfield | mySpringfield




.... although Latitude 30 is a bit weird. You have a dance club type of atmosphere, with guys drinking and macking on chicks, next to a family dining environment. Some what awkward at times.
Meh! Its cool to have a bowling alley downtown, but dont all bowling alleys have Food, Drinks & Pool tables?? Im not exactly impressed with the othee stuff like antiques....Where do they get these ideas? So unsexy.
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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anything would be better than them knocking it down or having nothing go in it.
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