Implosion fells 59-year old Jacksonville tower block.
The former City Hall Annex, a long vacant structure overlooking the St. Johns River, came crashing down at 8 am Sunday (local time). The 15-story building was brought down to make room for new development.
The demolition was about a year in the making. Originally, the annex and the old courthouse at 330 E. Bay St. were to be torn down to make way for a new convention center. The Downtown Investment Authority in January 2018 voted to send out a request for proposals to develop a hotel, complete with an exhibit hall, ballroom, retail space and more, a plan based on a 2017 feasibility study.