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Downtown Investment Authority Holding Forum On Jacksonville Landing

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Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority is holding another open forum Wednesday night on the redesign of the Landing.

The forum, or charrette as it’s called, will be the second time the Downtown Investment Authority will ask the public to weigh in on what should be done to redevelop the Landing.

The site may be altered or even torn down and rebuilt from scratch.

During an appearance on WJCT's “First Coast Connect,” the Downtown Investment Authority’s CEO Aundra Wallace talked about some of the feedback they have received so far.

Wallace says above all else, increased river access and finding the right mix of retail will be key to the project’s success.

“We want to be able to make sure that coming down from city hall all the way to the actual river, that we do what we’re supposed to be doing in terms of driving investments,” Wallace said.

He says there will be varying, different opinions about what the Landing should and should not be.

“But it sits in the heart of downtown, and we can’t afford to make a mistake,” Wallace said.

The charrette is Wednesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. in the upstairs Blue Room at the Jacksonville Landing.

Listen to the full conversation with Aundra Wallace on Wednesday’s episode of the “First Coast Connect” podcast on iTunes.

Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.