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Proposal made to tear down, rebuild Jacksonville Landing

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Landing could be opened up for more events and entertainment
in the future and possibly economic growth, if a plan presented Wednesday to the Downtown Investment
Authority is put into action.

Landing owner, Tony Sleiman says, "The
stars are lined up to make it happen. Everybody wants a change downtown. It's
old and it needs to be redone. It needs something new."

Alan Wilson of The
Haskell Company presented the redevelopment plan, saying the city needs an

Haskell wants to tear
the Landing down and rebuild it, Wilson said. Parking, hotels, restaurants and workforce
housing would be included in the new Landing structure, which would be several
stories tall.

The idea is to
connect Downtown and the Riverfront, Wilson said.

"Our goal should be to make it iconic," said
Jacksonville mayor, Alvin Brown. "To make sure it becomes a destination.
To make sure it's user friendly. I want people to use the landing not just from
nine to five, but seven days a week."

The redevelopment is still in the planning stages. There is no cost estimate for the construction of the design as yet.

Sleiman says it will be a public-private partnership and the city and mayor are on board to move forward


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