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Restaurant partners buy Bostwick building

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Updated: 5/08/2013 6:31 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- You see it when you come off the Main Street Bridge. You pass it on a drive through downtown.

Now this man is taking over the reins.

"I just thought 'what a building. What a great venue'," Jacques Klempf said.

Klempf and his two partners have a contract out on the Bostwick building, which is known for its jaguar mural. They want to turn it into a restaurant, but there are some challenges. The roof is caving in, there are some leaks and the walls and floors need to be redone.

It was built back in the early 1900s and was originally a bank.

"We have engaged a structural engineer. We have engaged architects and design group. We've also got a water-intrusion engineer," Klempf continued.

The issue of what to do with the building has been up in the air for years. Because of its age, the Jacksonville Historical Society has had a lot of input. We asked Klempf if the renovation and money invested would be worth it.

"That's a great question. I wish we had the answer. I think it will be worth it. I believe we're going to invest in a great building and turn it into something that's going to be great for the city of Jacksonville and the people that live here," he responded.

Paperwork and contracts take time, so things might not get rolling here for at least a year. The contract for the Bostwick building gives buyers until June 14 to complete "due dilligence" research, before finalizing the deal.
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