After a long time of consideration, we finally decided to open up block hermit. Using a seed that had some awesome spawns and structures, we went with it and created a server out of that seed. After a few plugins and long hours of testing stability, we got it up and running. It's still buggy here and there so we expect to be resetting (though not reverting) a bit over the next while. The server won't be fully public until then. We invited a friend to come play.
Hoping to create spawn city and then go off and be a hermit! Let's hope this server works out for the best!