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The Official Jacksonville Landing Thread

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I don't think we had a clear, concise Landing thread (at least not one of the first three pages, lol) so I decided to start a fresh one. With all this news, we should start a thread about it.

From the Daily Record:

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T-U Editorial on the Landing

Excellent editorial. I agree with every word. It's time to get moving with this project. The Blackwater bid is most likely a spoiler bid. Is the city going to impede progress or encourage it? Does the "businessman" mayor realize that time is money or not? It will be interesting to see how this, and the the never-ending Haydon Burms RPF unfold in the new year. Assuming of course, they are RESOLVED in 2006.

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Is the Landing proposal process fair?

City committee to score 2 bids submitted; time frame groups had at issue

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stor..._20730946.shtml

Personally, I'm a little annoyed by these bidders. I know it's fair and all, but Sleiman has been wasting away on this piece of property for years and now these two proposals come in after 30 days?? If Sleiman doesn't get it, I'll feel really bad for him....

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A Karen Brune Mathis article:

Sleiman should help the Landing take off

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stor..._21034211.shtml

He [sleiman]should fill it with stores and shops that have proven ability to attract and serve downtown workers, visitors and the growing base of downtown residents. Clean and maintain it regularly, especially the restrooms. Post more visible security. There's no reason to wait.

I say this as Sleiman ponders his next move in light of the mayor's staff's preliminary vision of downtown, made public Friday. I heard that Sleiman was unhappy -- "livid" to be precise -- that Mayor John Peyton decided that he would not give up the city-owned land beneath the Landing to Sleiman.

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I like that word "livid" and he should be. The city basically just screwed him in a derogatory style. What the hell is Peyton thinking?

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Landing twist may jeopardize Kuhn deal

Orlando developer wants to build 33-story tower on site where parking garage was supposed to go.

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stor..._21101837.shtml

Mayor's Office Chief of Staff Steve Diebenow said he would not comment on the city's position on the Humana property.

Kuhn officials, who have already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in design work on the River Watch tower, are still moving forward with planning and expect to break ground on its parking garage in December, Moore said.

Oh boy....

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Landing twist may jeopardize Kuhn deal

Orlando developer wants to build 33-story tower on site where parking garage was supposed to go.

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stor..._21101837.shtml

Oh boy....

Slieman knows it is in his best interest to have a luxury hotel and condo with a huge parking garage across the street from the landing. It will bring big time patrons to the JL. This hotel is expected to be the first choice for visitors to Jax, and the condo will be the most coveted residences downtown among the big money folk. Slieman would have to be a fool to derail it--and he ain't no fool. He's simply playing the game. Kuhn knows this. That's why he and his team aren't panicing, and design work is continuing as if he's going to get what he wants.

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In no way do I feel bad for Sleiman or the city. I feel bad for the residents of Jacksonville and the businesses located downtown. I was excited to see the new Landing renderings when Sleiman released them a few years ago. While I think a deal will get done, it will be much further down the road than it needs to be. I wish they would just get it over with. As for John Peyton...we

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Landing Musicland hits the stop button

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Musicland inside the downtown mall will shut its doors. The move is part of a nationwide series of closures by parent company Musicland Holding Corp., which has been driven into bankruptcy by increased competition from big box retailers and the Internet.

http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=44597

Well this is sad. I really liked that store, they had a great selection. When in Jax, I would buy CDs there, to support a downtown business. Well, at least it's not downtown or the Landing's fault that the store was doing poorly, the whole company is going bankrupt. Let's hope they can find a new tenant, and fast!

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Well, though the Landing might seem depressing, this story cheered me up. Hooray for Deep Blue, and let's hope they're successful!

Deep Blue downtown

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any updates on the Landing and Sleiman's plan for same? Been kind of quiet...

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