Michael Jackson Museum and Arts Center Planned
Thu, 03 Jun 2010 11:03:06
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The Associated Press is reporting that a Michael Jackson-dedicated museum and arts center that has been planned for his hometown of Gary, Indiana is getting closer to becoming a reality. Jackson's father Joe announced the news with officials from the town of Gary. Papa Jackson claimed that he is "carrying out [Michael's] legacy" with this endeavor. The reported cost of the center is a whopping $300 million.
The project began to take shape before Jackson passed away. He visited his hometown back in 2003 to enter discussions with local officials about the center. No progress was made by the time Jackson passed away. "This is a happy day for me because this is something that my family and Michael have always wanted," Joe Jackson said. "We're bringing something back." Yeah, like money in their pockets?
Gary Mayor Rudy Clay said the project would create an economic boon for the Midwestern city, creating thousands of jobs. The site is projected to draw 750,000 visitors a year to the city, which would also boost local economy. The mayor generously estimated that the Jackson center could generate a cool $100 million to $150 million in income for the community each year. That's some loot cakes right there, so the residents of Gary should do everything they can to preserve the memory of their local boy done good and to allow their city to be a beacon of his memory and a boost to the financial climate.
The money to build the Jackson Family Museum and Hotel and the Michael Jackson Performing Arts and Cultural Center and Theaters will come from investors and donations, Clay said.
While the project has languished through the years, locals were encouraged by Joe Jackson's appearance at the announcement, escalating hope that words would be put into action.
Would you visit this Michael Jackson memorial?