JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The Jacksonville City Council's Land Use and Zoning committee made a decision Tuesday night on the future of one of the city's most familiar landmarks.

The Bostwick Building at the corner of Bay and Ocean Streets was one of the first buildings to go up in downtown, after the great fire of 1901 left the city's center in rubble.

The owners of the historic building are urging the council to let them demolish it. However, Tuesday night the Land Use and Zoning committee unanimously rejected their appeal of a previous decision by the city's Historic Preservation Commission blocking demolition.

A developer has plans for an upscale restaurant in the location, but red tape has slowed the process. Now that the committee has made a decision, the issue will go to the full council for a vote.