A Quick Tour of Tallahassee Construction Projects

Construction at Tom Brown Park
Posted at 5:30 PM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-29 05:28:31-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- From Frenchtown to College Town, our series "Building Tallahassee" has explored development and upcoming projects in the Capital City.

As the series wraps up, we're taking you on a whirlwind tour of construction sites you may have seen while driving around town.

Jaye Danforth encourages growth. She owns American Fitness, a gym at Bannerman Crossing for the past seven years.

And as she sees members develop their bodies, she notices the shopping center around her developing, too.

"We've gotten a lot of window shoppers lately," Danforth said. "Definitely, business has picked up since all of this new growth."

Further down the row of businesses, New Leaf Market Co-op opened a second location at Bannerman Crossing in April. The store expects its place at the center to bring new customers.

"We're really excited about the growth up here," said Michele Buchanan, human resources director of New Leaf. "We know it's going to mean better sales for us, more traffic in the shopping center. So, we're thrilled to be up in the northeast."

The center is expected to be completed by the end of the summer, but parts of the new development are already here.

Giggles Indoor Play Center is the first business set up where the final phase of construction is underway.

"You could pretty much come park your car in the morning and stay here all afternoon," said owner Ross Syrdahl. "There's going to be shopping. There's going to be places to eat. there's places to bring your kid. it's a very interactive center for the entire family for an all-day experience."

While Bannerman Crossing is a major construction project in Tallahassee, we've found some other ones, too.

- At the intersection of Miccosukee and Riggins roads. construction is well underway. A 24,000-square foot medical office building called Tallahassee Medical Quarters will set up shop. It's estimated to open in January 2017.

- A 4.5-acre site at Capital Circle Northeast and Miccosukee Road will bring a new Chinese restaurant chain to Tallahassee. Chow Time Grill and Buffet has locations in Valdosta and other parts of Florida. The site will house the 13,000-square foot restaurant with parking for vehicles and bikes -- along with a proposed 6,000-square foot retail building.

- At the intersection of Lonnbladh Road and Hermitage Boulevard, a significant portion of land is being developed. Plans are in the works for a retirement center.

Back at Bannerman Crossing, Danforth says the center's development is going to boost not only her business but others around her.

"We're all going to work together as a family and a community out here," she said. "It's definitely brought a lot of excitement to this area."