Cumber shares City view: Tear down The Landing

Like her predecessor District 5 Councilwoman Lori Boyer, who voted in favor of demolishing The Landing, District 5 Councilwoman-elect LeAnna Cumber shares the Curry Administration’s view that The Landing must be torn down to allow the city to better utilize the river. 

“I don’t want to step on what the previous Council has done,” said Cumber, who will take over her Council seat July 1. “They voted to tear it down, and I think that we really need to utilize the river. The only way to do that is to open it up so we can see it. I think there will be plenty of time for public comment once we figure out exactly what we want to do with it. It’s not a building that can be repurposed or should be repurposed because it really does close off the river from downtown. We can have public comment after the demolition.”

Cumber said, personally, she would like to see green space and mixed-use buildings share The Landing property once the site is cleared. “As far as I know, nothing is set in stone as to what we are going to do after it is gone, but it is set in stone that it will be torn down. I run a lot, and I run along the river and having some green space would be nice. The river is one of our greatest assets, so I would like to see that. We also need something that would attract people, so doing mixed use with green space so you could boat or walk up and have dinner would be great.  We have a great opportunity right now to make that area a centerpiece of the city. I’m really excited about it.”

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