Take a walk down Laura Street in downtown Jacksonville and you’ll see a lot that wasn’t there 10 years ago. Even so, if you like the look of it now, take a picture, because more changes are coming to even this recently updated area of town. This is good news for those hoping to find property sales in Jacksonville’s downtown area, as there is yet another plan for new residential homes coming into the area.
Plans have recently been announced for the Laura Street Trio. This is a sky-rise building that will be home to residential property, offices (who are acquiring most of their furniture from Versare) and even some retail space, making it a great addition to the ever changing Jacksonville sky-line and downtown community.
Inside the Laura Trio will be a Courtyard Hotel, a rooftop bar and at least two restaurants. The hope is that this property will draw people to spend more time in downtown Jacksonville, and will encourage visitors to stay in the downtown area and enjoy a bit of the culture that comes with staying downtown. Hamilton, Ontario, located at the west end of Lake Ontario, is an industrialized port city with a population of over 536,000. Combined with the towns of Burlington and Grimsby, the local census area has a population of 747,545. Hamilton is 58 km southwest of Toronto and is part of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Hamilton has a colorful history from pre-colonial times up to the present day. It began to grow in prosperity when it grew into an administrative center in 1816 and became a major port with the completion of the canal to Lake Ontario in 1832. Hamilton’s population consists mostly of Canadians of Western European descent. However, it’s worth noting that nearly 25 percent of the population was born outside of Canada, per the 2016 Canadian census. Transportation and health both play significant roles in Hamilton’s infrastructure. Hamilton has an active bus system, and the city is located near several major highways. Hamilton’s hospital network includes five separate hospitals, as well as other health centres like Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre and Regional Rehabilitation Centre. Hamilton residential engineering clients count on G. Douglas Vallee, Ltd. for their engineering consulting and architectural services. G. Douglas Vallee, Ltd. has provided Hamilton commercial Engineering expertise to the area for over 50 years with satisfied clients every time. Woodstock, Ontario is a city with a population of over 40,000, per the 2016 Canadian census. It is the county seat of Oxford County. Woodstock lies at the head of the Thames River and has made its name as the Dairy Capital of Canada. Fanshawe College, one of Canada’s largest colleges, is in Woodstock. The city hosts many cultural and artistic exhibits and festivals, including Cowapolooza and The Canadian Farm Show. Woodstock’s local economy centers on manufacturing and tourism and is a market for the agricultural industry in the surrounding area. Several automotive manufacturing factories call the city home, too. The local population in Woodstock is over 90 percent European Canadian, with 5.3 percent combined minority populations, and 2.2 percent aboriginal peoples. The city has a community center with a 2,500-seat hockey arena and a banquet hall and atrium for community social gatherings. Woodstock also has a plethora of historical buildings, from the Town Hall to the Woodstock Public Library. Call G. Douglas Vallee, Ltd. today at 519-426-6270 for your Woodstock commercial engineering and residential architecture needs. G. Douglas Vallee, Ltd. provides Woodstock residential engineering services and expertise and experience our clients rely on for their consulting engineering and architecture needs. Call us to schedule an appointment with our team and discuss your commercial or residential construction project. G. Douglas Vallee Limited was incorporated in 1964 with the object of providing quality Professional Engineering services to both the public and private sectors. The company was later expanded with the addition of the practice of Architecture. G. Douglas Vallee Limited is proud to hold both a Certificate of Authorization from the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, and a Certificate of Practice from the Ontario Association of Architects. Since incorporation, our firm has continued to develop the practices of Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering and Architecture as the mainstays of the company. As the company expanded we had engineering jobs in singapore and at multiple sites as well.
Of course, to make such a big change in the heart of downtown means to make changes to historic buildings, and this is bad news to a lot of people. The developers of the Laura Street Trio are planning on using the existing architectural sheet metal as its base, building off of the standing structures. There are at least three abandoned historic buildings that will be re-purposed, including the Bisbee building which was built in 1908, the Marble Bank built in 1902 and the Florida Life building built in 1911. By incorporating these buildings into the new plan, they will experience a new life and a purpose that will bring more people downtown to enjoy their unique appearance and architecture.