JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Toney Sleiman bought the Jacksonville Landing 10 years ago. It was a big gamble for the local businessman.
Now, he's looking to up the ante and finally help this deserted riverfront shopping center reach its full potential.
He said, "The stars are aligned for us to do something. And the timing is right."
He said it's time to take The Landing in a new direction, make it a retail and residential mix, build condos over stores and restaurants.
"Residential brings life to downtowns all across the country," said Sleiman.
Action News caught up with Sleiman Monday at a meeting of beaches business leaders, where he was grilled about his revitalization plans.
One man asked, "How many square feet is The Landing now, and how many more square feet are you proposing to add to it?"
Another asked, "What part of The Landing do you own, at the property? And what part does the city own?"
That's a good question, considering renovations will be paid for through a public-private partnership between Sleiman and the city of Jacksonville - Sleiman says he will ask for incentives.
He said, "We don't have any numbers yet. Because we don't know what drawings, what we're going to do."
Sleiman said he's already in talks with national chain restaurants who say they'll come to Jacksonville if The Landing provides some parking.
And while Sleiman owns The Landing, the city owns the property on which it sits. There are 50 years on that lease.
The public meeting is from 6-8 p.m. at the Main Library on Laura Street.