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By M.C. MOEWE

The Times-Union

Proposed designs for twin 48-story residential towers that would become Jacksonville's tallest buildings received their first approval by a city agency Thursday.

It is the first in a long line of approvals the South Florida developers must go through before beginning the project.

"This will act as a Gateway to the Southbank, which is a very nice feature," Tom Rensing, with KBJ Architects told the city's Design Review Committee. The project, formerly called Waterside Condominiums, will place the buildings on either side of the Aetna building in the 800 block of Prudential Drive.

Riverpointe, will include 550 residential units, 65,000 square feet of retail space and will extend the Riverwalk on the Southbank, said Antonio Lima, a spokesman for Boynton Beach-based Krook Douglas Development.

As he was leaving the meeting, Hal Dodt, a partner in the company, said he didn't have time to discuss the project and referred questions to Lima. But Lima did not know when Dodt would officially submit plans to the city.

The committee also approved the design for Genovar's Hall, a historic LaVilla building that once hosted famous performers such as Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday.

In other business, members balked when they were asked to approve the design of several NFL-CoorsLight banners to be hung at Metro Park during the Sept. 19 Jacksonville-Denver game.

Eric Jon Lindstrom, a city staff member, said he was asked at the last moment by the city's Office of General Counsel to present the banners for approval and would have to get more information.

The blue and red banners, up to 144 feet long and depicting football players, the CoorsLight logo and a Super Bowl XXXIX logo, would be hung on fences in panels, according to the handout given to commissioners. Lindstrom said he thought they would be in place 72 hours.

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This story can be found on Jacksonville.com at http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stor..._16480297.shtml.

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No, that picture is a little twisted in its proportions. I like the new name, Riverpointe. This will be an awesome addition to the skyline.

The Landing project is on hold, I think. Tony Sleiman, the developer, couldn't get the massive amount of incentives he was looking for. But they are making little improvements to spruce it up.

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I like the new name much better. This project also was planning to be more affordable than the others that are underway. I look forward to hearing more on this one.

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