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Updated: 5/08/2013 10:04 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- Jacksonville has many beautiful locations around the city.  A unique skyline along the St. Johns River.  Marshes along the intracoastal waterway.   Beachfront communities.

But Action News found blemishes among the beauty.  

Work on the Berkman Plaza II stopped back in 2007, after a deadly collapse during construction of a parking garage. 

Pending lawsuits keep work stalled at the site.

Nearby, the old Hayden Burns Library on North Ocean Street closed in 2005, to make way for a new, grander library. 

It has had little purpose since.   But Action News learned that could be changing.

The Jessie Ball Dupont Fund is working to buy the building to create a home for nonprofit organizations.

Down interstate 95 South, you come across the old Baymeadows Golf Course.  It closed in 2005 as well.  

Residents tell Action News property around the golf course has lost value.

Developers want to put more housing and stores in the area.

Along Goodby's Creek, another eyesore with a questionable future.  

The FDIC is trying to sell the starts of this development.  Their asking price, $4.5 Million.  So far, the FDIC has no offers.

Jacksonville did not want to talk about specific developments, but tells Action News there is nothing they can do because these are for the most part, not public properties.

Berkman Plaza II

The second Berkman Plaza high-rise on the northbank remains a shell with no completion in sight
The second Berkman Plaza high-rise on the northbank remains a shell with no completion in sight

This complement to the original Berkman Plaza promised panoramic views of Jacksonville, marina space and concierge service.   But work stalled in 2007 when a collapse during construction of a parking garage killed Willie Edwards, III.  Lawsuits have kept work from continuing.   So far, there is no plan to restart construction.

Old Haydon Burns Library

The building has been unoccupied for a decade, though a local group has expressed interest in using it for their headquarters
The building has been unoccupied for a decade, though a local group has expressed interest in using it for their headquarters

While this building has been maintained since its Library tenants moved to a new library in 2005, the Haydon Burns Library has had little use since then.  The building opened in the 1960s as the Main Library for the city of Jacksonville. Action News has learned the Jessie Dupont Fund wants to purchase the building to house not for profit organizations.

Baymeadows Golf Course

The golf course closed for development in 2005, but the development hasn't begun
The golf course closed for development in 2005, but the development hasn't begun

Closed to the public in 2005.  Leaving residents to watch a once bright, active golf course wilt.  Neighbors tell Action News the course is not being maintained, and it detracts from the neighborhood.  Action News developers are planning to bring more housing and retail to the area.

Goodby's Creek

Nobody has ponied up the several million dollars needed to take care of the incomplete construction along Goodby's Creek
Nobody has ponied up the several million dollars needed to take care of the incomplete construction along Goodby's Creek

Development stopped on these three buildings at Goodby's Creek.  The FDIC now owns them, and is hoping to sell them for $4.5 Million.  Currently, they have no offers.
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