Mayor-Elect Brown Zeroes in on Downtown at Chamber Council Breakfast

7:42 AM, May 21, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In honoring a commitment he made months ago before being elected mayor, Alvin Brown shared breakfast with downtown business owners at a Chamber of Commerce function.

"I want 10-15,000 people living downtown," the mayor-elect said as he re-affirmed his vision to jumpstart Downtown and make it a destination.

Brown intends to bring back the Downtown Development Authority in some form to lead the charge, he said.  That authority several years ago was disbanded in a move to save money.

"I'm going to focus on the private-public partnership to make sure we leverage our assets.  As you know the city has already invested $1.2 billion Downtown," said Brown, who for starters wants more restaurants and a movie theater to be part of landscape.

Property manager Pam Smith said she believes the newly elected mayor is on the right track. "People always say, 'What is Jacksonville, what is the hub?' You are going to look downtown," said Smith.

Brown told the business owners Downtown can be a centerpiece without raising taxes or fees.   

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