Early plans for disability friendly Southwood

Posted at 5:42 PM, Nov 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-30 17:42:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Plans are in the early stages for a residential community for adults with developmental disabilities in the Capital City. The local organization, Independence Landing, proposed the idea in August.

Advocates hope to lease 20 acres of city-owned park land in Southwood for a housing development and community center for 50-70 people with developmental issues. Similar communities have been built throughout Florida, but none exist in Tallahassee. A small group of dedicated volunteers are behind the movement to educate the city commission and get the residents of Southwood on board.

Wayne Tedder, Assistant City Manager of Development Services & Economic Vitality, says, "There's definitely a need for young adults with cognitive disabilities to find a residential structure that is suitable for them to have long-term living options within the city of Tallahassee and this will provide that option." After searching around the county for a suitable site, Southwood was targeted due to access to public transportation, walking trails, and nearby jobs. Tedder adds, in the December 6th meeting, the commission will discuss plans moving forward.