Downtown CRA future still up in the air

Future of CRA downtown district still up in the air
Future of CRA downtown district still up in the air
Posted at 4:14 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 14:14:54-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Community Redevelopment Agency has been receiving a lot of attention lately, including from the FBI.

But Tallahassee and Leon County leaders met this morning to go over a number of other issues, like the future of the agency's downtown district.

A lot to go through, including a discussion of what happens to the downtown development district.

The board of county commissioners voted to phase it out by the year 2020, but a motion this morning failed.

The CRA board did, however, agree to put a pause on large projects of $2 million or more in that district.

WTXL spoke with city commissioner Gil Ziffer, who proposed that moratorium.

"I think it's appropriate, and we don't have any large projects in the pipeline with the exception of the two that came to us today," said Ziffer. "So, it was good timing. It was the appropriate thing to do, and I'm supportive of what they're trying to accomplish."

The board also voted to close two projects affecting Frenchtown and the Southside that we told you about last week. $400,000 will now be put back into what's called the "master project."

And as the board considers what to do with the downtown district, city commissioner Curtis Richardson says it's the Southside that needs their attention.

"There are areas of this community where blight and slum conditions actually exist, and that's where we ought to be putting our attention and our financial resources," said Richardson.

The board has asked staff to come back in September with different options about what to do with the agency. They include the pros and cons of dissolving the downtown district, expanding one of the districts, or creating an entirely new one.