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Cascades Park Mixed Use Project - NAP

Thursday, 12 January 2017 18:10
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Location: 409 East Gaines Street, Tallahassee, FL

Status: PROPOSED

Owner: State of Florida (TIITF) | City of Tallahassee

Developer: North American Properties

Design: DAG Architects

Website: ONLINE

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.

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Re: Cascades Park Mixed Use Project - NAP -- tricknole
2017 Nov 03 10:42:50 AM
"downtownster" wrote:
"vstanley" wrote:
This project looks incredible....cannot wait to see it come to fruition. I think it will appeal to our many visitors and eventually lure others to our area for future growth.

I do not understand why no one saw the value of allowing I-10 to run through our downtown area all those years ago.


Im sure that it was easier since there was less development to run 1-10 north of town. Pensacola too bu they have the 110 connector of course but interstates and the like running through an established city creates blight so I consider it a blessing they never did that here.

Completely agree.

Every major city that has a highway running literally through its downtown today wishes that it didn't have a highway literally running through its downtown.

It would have been horrible for Tallahassee and stalled development. Blocks and blocks and blocks of undevelopable land in the greater downtown area, blight, homeless, used needles. Not to mention all of the on/off-ramps taking up even more valuable space, separating neighborhoods or destroying them outright.

Look at Overtown in Miami as an example. Then look at Boston's Big Dig.

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Comments from the Forums
Re: Cascades Park Mixed Use Project - NAP -- tricknole
2017 Nov 03 10:42:50 AM
"downtownster" wrote:
"vstanley" wrote:
This project looks incredible....cannot wait to see it come to fruition. I think it will appeal to our many visitors and eventually lure others to our area for future growth.

I do not understand why no one saw the value of allowing I-10 to run through our downtown area all those years ago.


Im sure that it was easier since there was less development to run 1-10 north of town. Pensacola too bu they have the 110 connector of course but interstates and the like running through an established city creates blight so I consider it a blessing they never did that here.

Completely agree.

Every major city that has a highway running literally through its downtown today wishes that it didn't have a highway literally running through its downtown.

It would have been horrible for Tallahassee and stalled development. Blocks and blocks and blocks of undevelopable land in the greater downtown area, blight, homeless, used needles. Not to mention all of the on/off-ramps taking up even more valuable space, separating neighborhoods or destroying them outright.

Look at Overtown in Miami as an example. Then look at Boston's Big Dig.
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