Building Tallahassee: Updating Development Projects

Building Tallahassee
Posted at 6:00 PM, Feb 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-03 07:45:42-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- For the next five weeks, our series "Building Tallahassee" continues with a look at development in the Capital City.

In the past, the series has featured several parts of the city, talked to movers and shakers in the industry, and highlighted upcoming projects to look out for.

This first episode revisits some of these projects to see how far and fast they've come along.

Business is brewing at Bannerman Crossings, including RedEye Coffee -- pouring into development with a new location.

"We've always had a pioneer's spirit with RedEye -- not only just in locations but in mission, just being social entrepreneurs," said CEO Mark McNees.

RedEye is one of several businesses that weren't there when WTXL checked out the site in May 2016. Now, it's part of an emerging part of the city.

"Bannerman Crossings is just going to be a destination area for people," McNees said, "and we want to be where people are."

It's been a vision for Claude Walker for eight years. The CEO of Summit Group says there's a lot more to come.

"We have 130 home sites that will come online. That'll be over the next probably two years to three years," Walker said. "That'll add to this, because it will connect the retail to the residential."

As Bannerman Crossings continues to develop, other projects WTXL has featured before are quickly coming together.

First up: Frenchtown. WTXL reported in May 2016 about a five-story housing complex called Casanas Village. Now, construction is well underway on Macomb and Georgia streets. When completed, it will have 88 units with space for parking and recreation.

Heading to the Southside, the Capital Cascades Crossing is now complete. WTXL was there for the groundbreaking in June 2015, revisited it in May 2016 -- and now, it's well used, connecting FAMU Way to Cascades Park.

Further down South Monroe, the space across from Big Bend Cares is being transformed into a "one-stop shop" for medical needs. A string of old buildings were there in May 2016. Now, Care Point Health and Wellness Center is set to open this fall.

On the other side of Monroe Street, WTXL reported on Captain D's replacing the old Shoney's by I-10. Now, the seafood restaurant is in full swing -- bringing much-needed development to that part of town.

Finally, we go downtown -- for perhaps the most visible project in the city.

201 East Park Avenue, informally known as the Ballard Building, will be a six-story space on Monroe and Park. WTXL had an exclusive first-look from the top.

"It's going to bring retail downtown, which the city has very much been trying to do for the last 20 years," said Cam Whitlock, principal at Lewis + Whitlock. "We're going to have a 7,000-square foot restaurant on the ground floor with outdoor dining on Park Avenue, which will be a nice amenity for downtown."

The project is scheduled to be complete by this summer.

There's much more to look forward to -- as the series explores industries and areas seeing growth now and in the future.

*Next, the series features the newly-completed TCC Center for Innovation.

You can find the entire "Building Tallahassee" series HERE.