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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Feb. 23, 202104:39 AM EST

City permits demolition of the George Doro Fixture property Downtown

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Developer Rise: A Real Estate Company intends to develop The Doro apartment and retail project.

The city issued three permits Feb. 22 for Realco Recycling Co. Inc. to demolish the George Doro Fixture Co. block to prepare for a proposed Downtown mixed-use apartment and retail project called The Doro.

The permits show a job cost of $225,015 for demolition of structures at 128 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.; 102 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., the main George Doro building; and 951 Forsyth St.

The George Doro Fixture Co. fabricated architectural woodwork, casework and millwork on the 1.77-acre block, which is bounded by A. Philip Randolph Boulevard and Adams, Lafayette and Forsyth streets.

Permit documents show Realco Recycling intends to use an excavator and attachments for the demolition. Debris will be disposed at the Old Kings Road Landfill.

The city issued a permit Dec. 8 for Rise: A Real Estate Company to build The Doro apartments at 960 E. Adams St. at a construction cost of almost $35.56 million. Rise is based in Valdosta, Georgia.

Through Jacksonville Properties I LLC, Rise intends to develop the 247-unit, five-story wood-frame project over a two-story podium of development. The project is 177,200 square feet.

Rise: A Real Estate Company intends to develop The Doro, an apartment and retail project, at 960 E. Adams St.

On Dec. 4, the city issued a permit for Rise to build the parking deck, which is a seven-level, 284-space garage with rooftop amenities, at a cost of almost $10.4 million.

Site clearing and horizontal development were permitted Nov. 16.

Rise General Contractors LLC will build the apartment and retail project and the garage in the Downtown Sports & Entertainment District.

The Dec. 8 apartment permit cleared the way for the city to permit demolition of the Doro Fixture warehouses on the site.

The Downtown Development Review Board approved final designs for The Doro on May 14 with the condition that Rise obtain a building permit for vertical construction before demolishing the Doro Fixture structure. 

 The oldest building on the Doro property dates to 1914, and more structures were added through 1954. 

The structure is not a locally registered landmark and doesn’t have historic structure protections.

Rise will receive up to a $5.75 million tax incentive for the $65.64 million project. The Downtown Investment Authority Board voted 8-0 on Oct. 14 to authorize a 15-year, 65% Recapture Enhanced Value Grant.

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