Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

For Rent: Historic Medical Building, a Storied Past; Brewster Hospital Gave Treatment, Nurse Training to African-Americans

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

For Rent: Historic Medical Building, a Storied Past; Brewster Hospital Gave Treatment, Nurse Training to African-Americans

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Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN

Jacksonville is about to hang a "for lease" sign on the historic Brewster Hospital, which hasn't been occupied for four decades but recently went through a $2.3 million renovation.

The two-story building, which the city owns, dates back to 1885 and left its mark on Jacksonville history by providing medical treatment and nurse training to African Americans from 1901 to 1966.

The former hospital, located at 843 W. Monroe St. in the downtown-area LaVilla neighborhood, is just three blocks from where the new county courthouse is rising. LaVilla has gained several new office buildings in recent years.

Karen Nasrallah, redevelopment manager for the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, didn't miss a beat Monday when asked why the Brewster Hospital would attract tenants who otherwise might move to a newer building.

"When you walk into it, it's got so much ambience and history," Nasrallah said. "It's got such a fascinating history and it's been renovated to pristine condition."

The city would give preference to occupants that carry on the building's legacy by providing medical services and treatment, according to a project summary prepared for the JEDC. But the city isn't limiting the proposals to just that field, and officials hope the building attracts a large number of offers, Nasrallah said.

The JEDC is scheduled to vote Wednesday on seeking proposals from prospective tenants. …

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