Frenchtown Community Reflects on Parcel Sale

Posted at 5:59 PM, Apr 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-27 14:44:05-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Tallahassee's Frenchtown neighborhood is reflecting a day after the city commission approved the sale of a piece of land to build a student housing complex.

"We definitely have to move forward as a community, as a neighborhood -- and we have to determine what's next," said Delaitre Hollinger, a Frenchtown native.

The property on North Macomb Street was sold to a developer for just under half a million dollars. Tonight, residents say they'll keep fighting to preserve Frenchtown's history.

The city commission was unanimous in its decision to sell that land, but that money is going straight back to Frenchtown.

The developers made several concessions to the community which satisfied several but not everyone.

We're talking about less than an acre of land, where a complex called "The Standard" will be built. Developers, reducing the number of units from nearly 400 to around 250. They're also providing space for a plaza, retail and a historical marker and they've also lowered the height of the building.

A Frenchtown native says the community's investment in this neighborhood has been encouraging.

"This gives us an opportunity, really, to continue to meet as a group -- the different organizations that have been a part of this -- and to sit down and really come with a plan and a vision for what we want to see Frenchtown become," said Hollinger. "That's the positive side of it, and I think that, out of that, we're going to see a lot of positive changes come about in the community."

Wednesday night, commissioners emphasized the need to invest in Frenchtown and they agreed the concessions made the project much stronger.

This project is a few blocks away from another apartment complex being built. A job fair is set for tomorrow evening to help construct Casanas Village.