The irony (?) of restoring a building, only partially used, is the rapid pace of deterioration as common areas are overlooked. Restoration, if we hope to avoid waste, requires an identified use for the property. This building is in danger of deteriorating and the restoration stopped short in many areas. Landscaping and exterior finish seems nearly negligible, considering the total cost to renovate. Re-using old plants, never installing or freshening a sprinkler system, paint or coatings over deteriorating areas….allowing what you see above a short time later?
Transferring this property to an entity willing to fully use it and properly maintain the exterior, or properly finish the restoration, makes a lot of sense, but it needs to happen before the exterior deteriorates again.
“Finally, we kicked the Post Office Department in the shins enough that they went in there and they have done a beautiful rehab job,” Nelson said.
Now he sees a different future for the building: He wants the Postal Service to sell or give it to the city of Fernandina Beach.
“They can use it as their City Hall, and the old federal court room, that’s a perfect place for the meeting for the City Council,” Nelson said.