The Jacksonville Landing issues a Notice of Self-Help
The Food Court at The Jacksonville Landing was officially closed in October due to lack of support and sales from area workers and residents. We remain optimistic about the future of the property and are currently actively working on repositioning the use of this portion of The Landing.
The campaign by this administration to seek eviction of Landing ownership continues to take a toll on this nationally recognized landmark to the detriment of residents and visitors alike.
The City, WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL EXTERIOR CARE AND MAINTENANCE, has willfully and brazenly ignored their obligations to maintain the property as agreed. The Landing Docks have been inaccessible and in a state of disrepair for years. As a water centric city, turning away and depriving throngs of people hoping to disembark at The Landing and points beyond hurts not only The Landing but all of downtown, stifling economic activity and civic engagement. Additionally, property landscape is unattended and unkempt. Sidewalks and pathways are broken and deteriorating. Lamp posts, lighting and other critical items remain in disrepair. Like many of the properties physical attributes, public perception of The Landing is deteriorating. This trend must be addressed.
The City by willfully neglecting its duties has created an environment in which, The Jacksonville Landing has struggled to compete in for commercial viability and market relevance. We are thrilled to learn of the many initiatives sponsored by the city to improve and enhance the greater downtown area and its viability to provide a sustainable marketplace as other cities have succeeded in doing. As the “core of downtown” and “the city’s front lawn,” we humbly ask to be included in such plans. As The Landing, for over 30 years, has worked tirelessly to deliver a project with limited surrounding support.
Effective immediately, The Landing has elected to exercise appropriate “self-Help” provisions and will take on these items of disrepair and offset the costs through withheld rent. Furthermore, The Jacksonville Landing has never delayed payment to the city, even during these difficult times of political dysfunction, and will continue to push for redevelopment as it has since 2003.
Ironically, The spirit and intent of the property designed as a “Festival Marketplace” by James Rouse many years ago, was to bring people together. With nearly 40 years remaining on the lease for the property, we remain hopeful and continue to invite the city to enter into a productive and mutually beneficial discussion to work together on improving downtown and restoring The Jacksonville Landing as the catalyst for public activation, congregation and unification as it was intended decades ago.
-Michael H. McNaughton
Chief Operating Officer
Jacksonville Landing Investments