Out with the copper, in with the green.
Mayor Lenny Curry’s vision for the riverfront land occupied by the Jacksonville Landing would transform the property by tearing down the copper-roofed mall and replacing it with acres of green park space as the “front lawn for the core of downtown.”
In the first sign of what Curry would like to see at the site, a conceptual rendering shows a new riverfront park along with two buildings for commercial activity on the site, albeit much smaller in size than the buildings which make up The Landing.
When Alvin Brown was mayor, he and the Downtown Investment Authority likewise supported demolishing The Landing and building anew on the site.
Curry also favors demolishing the Landing, but compared to conceptual plans put forward in 2015 by the Downtown Investment Authority, he favors converting a much bigger portion of the site into park space.
“Mayor Curry’s idea utilizes the centrally located property that is on the river and in the heart of downtown as a riverfront plaza,” his Chief of Staff Brian Hughes said in a statement. “It serves as a front lawn for the core of downtown and includes a beautiful public space to celebrate our riverfront. The north side of the design provides for economic development that utilizes proximity to the natural, public space. In this concept, that economic development is reflected with two symmetrical buildings away from the waterfront and close to existing streets.”
When Brown was mayor, he supported redeveloping the Landing site in a financial partnership with Toney Sleiman and his family, whose Jacksonville Landing Investments owns the mall’s buildings and has a lease that runs through 2056 for the city-owned land.