Owner: State of Florida (TIITF) | City of Tallahassee
Developer: North American Properties
Design: DAG Architects
Value of Improvements: $158 Million
ETA: First Phase Potentially Summer 2019
Description: Proposed for a collection of parcels alone E Gaines Street bordering Cascades Park totaling approximately 6.23 acres impacting buildings commonly referred to as the Bloxham Annex, The Firestone Building (Old Jail) and the Old City Waterworks is the demolition of the current structures for a new development totaling more than 1 million square feet. Project components being explored include mid-rise residential, retail, office, restaurant and hotel space built to maximize views of the park and the Capitol building, along with pedestrian-friendly paths to connect the development to downtown. At the heart of the proposed development is “Festival Street,” a main corridor that can be closed off to support pedestrian-only events, food trucks, pop-up retail and outdoor entertainment. The preliminary master plan also features a wellness center fronting the park and a designated community arts and cultural space to support the performances at the Capital City Amphitheater and the events that occur in the park. These components are subject to change as community input is gathered and market conditions are assessed.
Note: Although the state of Florida is currently listed as the owner of record for the Firestone and Bloxham Annex properties, this is likely due to a recent land swap between the City of Tallahassee and Florida State University impacting the properties subject to this proposal and various other properties along West Gaines Street near the Tucker Civic Center and CollegeTown district.
I don't see the problem. We KNEW this project was happening and we KNEW these trees weren't going to be saved. Look at the renderings. The trees would literally prevent any development from occurring.
This also isn't a single-family housing development where residences can be built around existing trees.
That said, Cascades Park - the actual park - does need more mature shade trees. Some of that is just going to take time for current trees to grow (decades). And part of it is a relative dearth of trees on the property.
The Lake Anita area a few blocks to the southwest has more trees and a much more attractive water line/retention wall, too. Can they please add more trees to Cascades, maybe add a few Cypress along the water like at Lake Anita, get rid of those hideous rusted metal retention walls, and get some lighted retention walls - also like at Lake Anita? While we're at it, why did they not bury the power lines along FAMU Way or that encircle Cascades Park? UGLY!