URBAN UPDATE – All eyes on Southwest Tallahassee, an area we define as south of U.S. Highway 90 and west of Monroe Street. This month we cover several major projects that are currently pending or underway promising to be significant game changers for this quadrant of the Capital City dominated by institutions of higher learning. Please find below, the projects that have been updated for November 2015.
Capital City Hyundai
In progress on Capital Circle West is this brand new Capital City Hyundai dealership. This will be a relocation of Tallahassee’s Hyundai dealership from the corner of West Tennessee Street and Blountstown Highway. The new facility is being built on a 4.6 acre parcel adjacent to Zaxby’s and Applebee’s. The improvements include 34,200 SF shared between the main building with showroom as well as the associated parts warehouse and attached service shop. This dealership is being built across from Tallahassee Dodge Chrystler Jeep dealership.
Capital Circle West
In progress along a 2.76 mile segment of Capital Circle between US Highway 90 (Tennessee St) and SR-371 (Orange Avenue) is the expansion of the roadway from an undivided 2-lane rural highway to a 6-lane divided urban corridor. The cost is estimated to be $107 Million. The south end of the project includes two regional pond facilities. The north end of the project has several mitigation sites. Signalized intersections are proposed at Orange Avenue, Blountstown Highway, and Gum Road.
FSU – Interdisciplinary Research & Commercialization Building (IRCB)
Proposed for FSU’s Southwest Campus at Innovation Park, this project consists of the construction of approximately 125,000 GSF of new space for a new interdisciplinary research building for Florida State University at their southwest campus in Tallahassee, Florida. It is envisioned that the new facility will house interdisciplinary teams by creating a collaborative environment to conduct research and develop commercialization opportunities to bring products to market. Spaces to be constructed are research labs, imaging/characterization labs, clean rooms facilities, collaboration and conference spaces, administrative spaces and building support functions. The facility will accommodate researchers in the disciplines of bio-medical engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering and device prototyping.
FAMU – College of Pharmacy Phase II
In progress is a 5-story, 74,648 GSF facility that includes teaching classrooms and laboratories, research laboratories and a vivarium. The new addition will be physically connected to the existing Pharmacy I Building and Research Building. This connection will create a natural lobby at the main entrance floor. The design intent is to extend the architectural character of the Pharmacy Building Phase I and Research Wing, incorporating the materials, fenestration and geometry of the existing facilities, while making maximum use of the available site and responding to the unique site grading conditions.
FAMU Way Expansion
In progress the FAMU Way Extension Project will create a new east-west roadway between the current end of FAMU Way at Wahnish Way and Lake Bradford Road. The project also includes enhancements to the existing FAMU Way corridor between Wahnish Way and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The project will be completed in three phases. Phase one of construction began in April 2014 and consists of the reconstruction of the existing roadway beginning at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and will extend FAMU Way to Pinellas Street. Phase one is expected to be completed by 2016. The second phase will include extending the road to Gamble Street and should be complete the following year. The third phase of construction will extend FAMU Way to Lake Bradford Road and is projected to be completed by 2018. Once completed, the FAMU Way Extension Project will provide an improved, safer roadway and enhanced mobility in the southern region of the city, in addition to offering new benefits and recreational opportunities for the entire community.
Big Bend Cares
Proposed is the demolition of several existing structures on a portion of a block bordered by Magnolia Drive, South Monroe, Adams Street (acreage of the site to be determined) and the construction of a brand new 29,000 SF Big Bend Cares facility with 78 associated parking spaces and three entry points. The services provided by this facility would include a Primary Care Clinic, Basic Laboratory Testing Services, Dental Services, Mental Health Services, Case Management Services, Peer Adherence Services and a Pharmacy. Big Bend Care provides education and comprehensive support to people infected with HIV/AIDS. Groundbreaking planned for January 2016.
Hayden Commons Townhomes
Now complete this project involved the demolition of a worship center and the construction of a 17-unit townhouse community offering 2, 3, and 4 bedroom floor plans. The Developer is an Orlando, FL -based company. The 1.06 acre property was purchased in December of 2014 for 745,000.00.
Proposed for a .72 acre tract of land currently consisting of the former Tomahawk Sports Bar restaurant is the redevelopment of the current 3,624 SF facilities into a PDQ restaurant with drive-thru and parking spaces. PDQ is a fast casual chain of chicken restaurants based in Tampa, Florida. During the time of its conception, its initials initially stood for “pretty darn quick”, but this was later changed to “people dedicated to quality”.
FSU – Dorman & Deviney Dormitory Replacement Phase II
In progress, this complex will provide housing for incoming freshman beginning in the fall semester in 2015. This housing replacement project will provide 872 beds in two stand alone buildings to replace the rooms to be eliminated with the demolition of Dorman and Deviney Halls at the completion of this project. The new buildings will be constructed in the parking lot south of Traditions Garage and the Student Services Building along Woodward Avenue. The typical suite will house four persons in two separate bedrooms with a shared bath. Amenities include common kitchens, study spaces, recreational space, lobby and lounge. Other building features include the Living Learning seminar room and Model Resident Room. Support spaces such as office, storage, and custodial spaces are also included. The buildings will total 208,858 square feet.
Now complete is this infill development near Florida State University – Southgate District, consisting of a triplex with 4-bedroom units. The three apartment units contain a total of 12 bedrooms.
FSU – Earth Ocean Atmospheric Sciences Building
Proposed, this project will provide a facility for the newly created Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Department. It will include construction of classrooms, teaching labs, research labs, offices, and student spaces. When complete, the new building and its site amenities will serve as a gateway into FSU along its north boundary. The previous building has been demolished since our last update.
FSU – Doak Campbell Stadium Improvements
In progress are various upgrades to Doak Campbell Stadium including improvements to seating in the stadium’s South End Zone. Options presented appear to impact audience capacity above the band seating area. Additional improvements are shown as sideline concourse improvements. The exterior facade of the stadium would also receive a dramatic makeover with raised sides (additional height) new glass-exposed stairways installed in addition to a pattern of balconies and new openings in the stadium’s casing. Improvements to the player and coaches lounge are also proposed.