Frequently Asked Questions
How long has Sleiman Enterprises owned The Jacksonville Landing?
In 2003, the Rouse Company sold The Jacksonville Landing to Sleiman Enterprises because Rouse found the city of Jacksonville too uncooperative. After investing $19 million to develop the property, the Rouse Company eventually grew so frustrated with the city that it sold the property to Sleiman Enterprises for just $5 million, walking away from the issues that Sleiman Enterprises is still dealing with today, 15 years later.
What part of the Landing does the city own and what part does Sleiman Enterprises own?
Sleiman Enterprises owns the vertical buildings.
The city owns the land itself and is responsible for maintaining the surrounding property – roads, sidewalks, riverwalk, etc., which are the areas now in disrepair.
Why is The Jacksonville Landing important?
Often spotted in Jacksonville skyline pictures, the iconic retail center is at the heart of Jacksonville’s urban core and receives more than 5 million visits annually. The Jacksonville Landing is vital to downtown’s success as it connects the sports complex, the entertainment district, Brooklyn, Riverside and the Southbank area to all thrive with shared success.
Who is Sleiman Enterprises?
Founded in 1955, Sleiman Enterprises is one of Florida's largest privately held real estate companies. The company develops and manages more than 150 commercial properties, including shopping centers and residential and office space throughout Florida and southeast Georgia.
What else does Sleiman Enterprises do for Jacksonville?
Sleiman Enterprises' roots are more than 100 years deep in Jacksonville. Sleiman Enterprises developed more than $1.5 billion in commercial real estate and contributes more than $6 million annually in Jacksonville property taxes. From condos, high-rises and retail developments, Sleiman Enterprises is proud to be one of the community's largest job creators. Beyond 150 properties across the southeast, today Sleiman Enterprises has seven developments under construction across Duval County. Sleiman Enterprises also contributes to local nonprofits and community agencies like Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters and more. “Jacksonville Magazine” recently named Sleiman Enterprises one of Jacksonville’s “Companies with Heart.”
Why hasn’t Sleiman Enterprises redeveloped The Jacksonville Landing in its 15 years of ownership?
Sleiman Enterprises continues to stay optimistic and push for the city of Jacksonville’s cooperation and approval of redevelopment plans for The Jacksonville Landing. For nearly 15 years, the city of Jacksonville has stalled and refused to approve any redevelopment plans – including its own plans – of one of downtown Jacksonville’s most prominent attractions.
Check out all of the previous design plans Sleiman Enterprises has presented over the past 15 years here.
Why should the city and Sleiman Enterprises work together on The Jacksonville Landing redevelopment?
The city of Jacksonville entered a land-lease agreement with Sleiman Enterprises around The Jacksonville Landing in 2003. The next step is for both parties to cooperate in redevelopment efforts.
“Finding a collaborative solution for redeveloping The Jacksonville Landing would benefit our city, our downtown urban core, Jacksonville residents and everyone who visits our beautiful river city.”
How can I support redevelopment of The Jacksonville Landing?
Your patronage to The Jacksonville Landing is a great contribution, and local business owners appreciate you! The Jacksonville Landing has many great shops to visit. Petitioning, calling and emailing your city council member are great ways to keep The Jacksonville Landing relevant.
Share your feedback on The Jacksonville Landing’s future here. The redevelopment of The Jacksonville Landing is an evolving issue; check back for updates.