JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Today, Jacksonville's City Council will begin the process of deciding whether the Bostwick Building, also known as the Jaguar building, should have historic landmark status.
The Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission recommended approval of the landmark designation on November 13, but council has final approval.
The building has been under their watchful eye since earlier this fall when the Bostwick family, which owns the building, filed for a demolition permit.
"We lose this building, what do we have? For a while we probably have a vacant lot," said Chris Flagg, Chair of Downtown Vision, Inc., and a supporter of historic preservation. "What does that tell us about where we're going as a city?"
Downtown Vision has been one of the groups pushing for the Jaguar building to earn historic status. The group cites the prominent location at Bay and Ocean as well as the role the building has played in Jacksonville's history. The former Guaranty Trust and Savings Bank building was the first one permitted after the Great Fire in 1901.
City Council will take up the issue at tonight's meeting, but will hold a series of public hearings before putting the building's historic landmark status to a vote. According to Downtown Vision's Terry Lorrince, it will be late January or early February before that happens.
Calls to the Bostwick family for comment have not been returned.
First Coast News