Downtown is always developing something new and the east side near Adams, Forsyth, Main and Ocean Streets a structure provides something interesting. This is the former Haydon Burns Jacksonville Public Library, which was designed by Taylor Hardwick in 1965. However, this landmark will be changing.
The building was purchased by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund last year and will soon make this structure full with activity. By 2015, it will be turned into the Jessie Ball duPont Center, which will be a center for nonprofits. Construction is expected to get started in February.
The project will cost about $21 million and the building will not be changed much on the outside. Just slight adjustments and renovations will be made to the outside. Along with only small adjustments to the outside, the building will be designed to be as green as possible. A green roof, rain-water recycling, and insulated windows will all be used.
A garden will also be a part of the new design with a central walkway open to the public. The second floor will be a conference center and will provide space for seminars and other events. The space will also include retail space for a local coffee shop or cafe with outdoor seating.
Anchor nonprofits will start by filling the larger spaces with others taking on the smaller spaces. The organizations showing interest are found in neighborhood redevelopment, finance education, policy and other nonprofit industries.
After the building is completed about 85,000 square feet will be offered for rent, along with 5,000 square feet for the new headquarters of the Fund. About 250 nonprofit workers are expected to work within the building.
The expected move-in date is March of 2015. The former library will become something usable and something with the ability to serve the entire community.