Project Cold Case- 5th Year Anniversary

Project Cold Case’s 5th Year in Existence

The Downtown Duval Building is honored and excited to announce the 5th anniversary for one of our tenants, Project Cold Case. This past weekend, they held an event to celebrate their anniversary and over 160 people were in attendance to show their support. This was a record turnout for any Project Cold Case event. The event grossed over $21,000! The non-profit will use these donations to continue to help any family that happens to find themselves facing a cold case file.

What is a Cold Case?

You may be asking, what is a cold case? A cold case, as defined by dictionary.com, is “an unsolved criminal investigation which remains open pending the discover of new evidence”. Unfortunately, there are nearly 185,000 cases of homicide and non-negligent manslaughter that have gone unsolved from 1980 to 2008. Which means, cold case files affect nearly two-hundred thousand families.

How Project Cold Case Came About

One person directly affected by a cold case file is Ryan Backmann. A burglar shot Ryan’s father, Cliff, during a robbery on October 10th, 2009. Cliff was working a side job at the time for extra income to support his wife of 24 years, who was sadly dying of cancer. Within the first year following his father’s death, Ryan left his architectural career to become a victim’s advocate. About 15 months after the incident, a detective approached Ryan and his family. The detective explained that they had run out of leads, no tips had come in (despite an enhanced $13,000 reward), and the case was being “suspended”. In other words, Cliff Backmann’s case was now a cold case. Despite the horrific news, Ryan continued to serve as an advocate for other families of homicide victims until December 2014.

In January 2015, Ryan took an even bigger role advocating for families of homicide victims. With deep passion and a razor-thin budget of $1,000 and Ryan began his nonprofit, Project Cold Case. It all started as a means to educate the public about cold cases by publicizing the individuals effected using the internet and social media.

Despite limited resources, Ryan created a website that was initially designed to share photos of cold case victims. This let families know their loved ones were not forgotten and that people cared. Families then started to submit their cold case files, so Project Cold Case added a database to the website. The database began to list murder cases that covered a wide range of years. Which led to Project Cold Case working closely with law enforcement agencies across the country. With this added cooperation, families began to receive more support than ever before.

Project Cold Case Today

Over the past five years, they have grown to support three full-time employees. They also established their permanent location in an office space at the Downtown Duval building. The building is located in downtown Jacksonville just three blocks from the Sheriff’s office. The nonprofit also utilizes interns from the University of North Florida as well as community volunteers. These interns and volunteers help with various tasks, including updating the website.

The website now features the faces of over 700 unsolved murder victims. The added database houses information on 23,000 cold cases, including over 5,000 from Florida alone. Each week, the website provides a few “Cold Case Spotlights”. These featured cases are typically cases that have been out of the public’s eye for quite some time. Along with the featured “Spotlight” cases, local news stations partnered with Project Cold Case to help promote awareness. Any killer not caught is free to harm other citizens.

Project Cold Case provides assistance to law enforcement in various ways. The nonprofit helps with advocacy training, conference presentations and participating in the Florida Sheriff’s Association Cold Case Advisory Commission. To date, 18 cases featured on the website have been solved.

The Event

As previously mentioned, this past weekend a fundraiser was held to honor Project Cold Case’s fifth year of existence. Of the 160 people in attendance, many were the family members of victims listed on the site. There was also representation from law enforcement from multiple Sheriff offices, including: Jacksonville, Clay County, Alachua, and Seminole County. Included were also various police departments from all over florida, including: Orlando, Seminole, and Lake City. Even retired FBI, the State Attorney’s Office 4th Judicial Circuit, retired NCIS, retired DEA and a Florida Department of Law Enforcement DNA analyst attended the event. The nonprofit had great support from UNF with three professors, two interns, and a handful of students making an appearance. The mayor of Atlantic Beach came out to join as well. It was the largest event thus far for Project Cold Case and was very successful at that!

More Information

If you missed the event, don’t worry. You can watch on Facebook or check out their website: https://www.projectcoldcase.org/. On the website, you can submit a case, donate to the nonprofit and see their database of cold case files. If you have other questions, comments or concerns you can reach the nonprofit by emailing them at: info@projectcoldcase.org.

 

Conference Room In Downtown Duval Available To Host Events/Meetings

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Conference Room Available in Downtown Jacksonville

Looking for a space to host a class, meeting, holiday party, etc. for a small group of people? Be sure to consider the conference room here at the Downtown Duval Building, for your next event. The space fits twelve people comfortably, but up thirty people can be in the room at once. When you enter the room, you will see that mainly filling the space is twelve comfortable office chairs and one large conference table. The conference room offers other great amenities as well.

In addition to the great chairs and table, the room comes with free wifi, on-site parking, and an Apple server connected to a large TV. Meaning, the space is fully capable of displaying presentations, video conferences, or playing music for your event. We welcome outside food, drinks, technology and anything else needed to successfully host your event. If you decide to use the conference room, be sure to notice the historical aspects of the building and the modern twist it has been given.

For example, as soon as you walk in you’ll notice the original 100 year old concrete floors. In addition, the wood that makes up the winding spiral staircase is over 200 years old. Even some of the books in the lobby date back to the late 1800’s. While history floods the building, it does not feel outdated by any means.

Recently, painters repainted the lobby area and the outside of the building. The entry door is no longer a dull brown but a bright, inviting blue. The owner ensures that the technology around the building is all up-to-date and other cosmetics are continuously updated. Professionals remodeled the downstairs just two years ago in 2018, so when we say modern twist it’s a RECENT modern twist.

To view pictures and learn more about the building, visit: https://downtownduval.com/ to get a feel for the beautiful space. On the website, you will also find pictures of the surrounding area. The Downtown Duval building is located in a “prime” location, right in the heart of Jacksonville, Florida. When renting the conference room you will be within walking distance to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, St. John’s river and various restaurants. Be sure to adventure out after your party, event or meeting to see all that Downtown Duval has to offer!

The conference room is available to rent today, so be sure to get a hold of us! We are flexible on dates and times as well, so don’t hesitate to ask us if we are available for a certain date or time. We can’t wait to host your next event!

Contact Us To Hold Conference Room Space

Does this sound like a space for your next event? You can visit the webpage https://downtownduval.com/events/ and fill out the form to let us know about your upcoming event. If you would rather email us at properties@downtownduval.com or call us at (904)-479-6202, you can do that too!

Downtown Jacksonville Office Space Hosts Nonprofit Art Gallery

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The Downtown Duval Building was proud to host the Femart’s art gallery this past weekend, in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. The big event happened last Sunday, January 12th, 2020. Over 200 people made their way to 10 S. Newnan St. to see and study the beautifully crafted artwork done by local female artists.

The message of the pieces was to express the struggles that women “face” today, yet they continue to wake up each day and persevere through everything life throws at them. Each piece has its own story to tell, but so does the building where the art exhibit is hosted. The building holds historic value with its original concrete floors and wooden stairs, but has been repainted and renovated to provide the modern feel.

If you missed the experience, there is no need to worry. The artwork will be up the next few weeks around the building. You can schedule a walk through to see the collection and the office spaces available for rent by contacting: properties@downtownduval.com or calling (904)-479-6202. 

Of course this experience wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community. Not only do we appreciate everyone coming to view the art gallery, but we appreciate everyone who came to enjoy the experience of the building. Come be a part of the experience everyday by being a tenant at the Downtown Duval Building.

There are currently nine downtown Jacksonville office spaces for lease in the building. The building is conveniently located in the heart of Jacksonville where the river and various restaurants are within walking distance. As a tenant, you get privileges to use the 1600 sqft private outdoor deck space, on-site parking, and free wifi.

These downtown office spaces are a perfect fit for various business styles. Current tenants include an advertising agency, a therapist, equipment rental company, and investigators who look into cold case files. Along with the varying businesses, there are also varying room sizes and prices to accommodate each company’s budget and office staff. Not only do you get the privileges listed above, but as a tenant you get a “sneak peak” at all the new gallery paintings/ images around the building!

The Downtown Duval Building is looking forward to hosting many more art galleries by Femart as each new gallery brings a whole new ambience to the building. Femart supports artistic women by providing exhibit locations, teaching classes, and being involved in the community.

For questions about the artwork or Femart, you can find contact information on their website: https://www.femartgallery.org/. To learn more about the building, or to find information on scheduling a walk through, check out the Downtown Duval Building’s website at: https://downtownduval.com/.