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Michael Jackson museum could begin construction as early as next year

Joe Jackson has announced that he plans to move forward with a museum and arts center dedicated to Michael Jackson as early as next year, offering the first concrete news of the project since he first mentioned it back in 2003. The Jackson paterfamilias made a return visit to the family’s hometown of Gary, Indiana, meeting with city officials who agreed to donate more than 300 acres of land to the development of the Jackson Family Museum and Hotel and the Michael Jackson Performing Arts and Cultural Center and Theaters, which they believe will act as a “magnet” for fans all over the world and generate more than $100 million to $150 million for the financially struggling town. The lasting monument to Jackson’s music would reportedly include “a museum, concert hall, performing arts center, pavilion, and possibly a hotel, restaurant and gambling parlor.” While initial plans called for a similar memorial to be built in California, where Jackson lived most of his life, Joe Jackson insists that Gary is “where his son would have wanted his principal memorial.” You know, because of all the happy memories there.

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