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Florida recommends 4 Jacksonville buildings for historic preservation

4:20 PM, Oct 15, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida's Office of Historic Preservation recommended that four downtown Jacksonville buildings be placed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on Tuesday.

The NRHP lists historically significant buildings around the U.S.

The Laura Street Trio, including the Florida National Bank Building (1902), the Bisbee Building (1908) and the Florida Life Building (1911) were recommended. 

According to SouthEast Group, The Bisbee was one of the country's first reinforced concrete high-rise structures. The Florida Life building was named Florida's first skyscraper.

"This is a huge step in the redevelopment of these important Jacksonville landmarks," said developer Steve Atkins, Principal and Managing Director of SouthEast Group. "By placing these properties on the Register, we can qualify much of the preservation and rehabilitation costs for federal historic tax credits. This recommendation by the State and the subsequent programming greatly benefit the adaptive reuse effort."

SouthEast is a commercial real estate development firm based in Jacksonville.

The sites are maintained by the National Park Service.

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