The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department will use the structure for training before it starts to come down in April.
In the weeks leading up to the demolition of the George Doro Fixture Co. block, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department is using the property for training.
Rise: A Real Estate Company Senior Superintendent Keith Miller said firefighters are practicing breaking down walls, doors and other structures that they typically wouldn’t get to destroy.
The city issued three permits Feb. 22 for Realco Recycling Co. Inc. to demolish the Doro block to prepare for a proposed Downtown mixed-use apartment and retail project called The Doro.
Miller said demolition is slated for April.
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.
The oldest building on the Doro property dates to 1914 and additional structures were added through 1954.
The structure is not a locally registered landmark and isn’t historic.