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Old library bought by non-profit

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Updated: 6/21/2013 7:40 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The downtown building known for its odd architecture now has a new owner.  The Jesse Ball duPont Fund has purchased the the old Haydon Burns Library.

"Well, it's just the greatest building downtown," said president of the fund, Sherry Magill. "It's a building that always had a public purpose. Non-profits are private entities that have a public purpose."

She says the plan for the building is to have it become the philanthropic center of Jacksonville, a place where non-profits can rent office space or hold meetings and fundraisers.

"The vision I think lends itself to a facility and a set of activities that the general public one day will really be proud of," she said.

One thing preservationists will be proud of, says Magill, is that the look of this building will not change. "The fins actually are a wonderful iconic feature to that building.  But they also have a structural purpose."

It's new life, in an old building, "And in a part of downtown that really needs someone to love it," said Magill.

She says they still have to remodel the inside, but they hope to move in within the next year and a half.

Magill says the duPont Foundation purchased the building from the Cesery Group.  While terms of the deal are not being disclosed, the property appraiser's office shows the last owner paid $3.2 million for it.

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