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Abandoned building in Frenchtown could become new restaurant

Posted at 6:23 PM, Nov 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-14 18:23:39-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — New life is coming to Frenchtown.

That's the message from the Community Redevelopment Agency after approving money to revitalize two buildings in the area.

To put it simply, it needs the most attention. City commissioner and project leader Curtis Richardson says the group wants to show they can make a difference in town.

An abandoned building on South Adams Street was a restaurant, then a nightclub.

What right now could be considered an eyesore, could soon be a new restaurant.

Richardson says the owner wants to revamp the place, and the CRA wants to help.

"We're really excited with what's happening in the Frenchtown/southside and what we're doing to enhance those neighborhoods that exist within that CRA district," said Richardson.

The other project is just five minutes down the road. It's called Titi's convenience store.

Richardson says it's attracted a lot of crime. Now, the hope is to turn it into some sort of community center for kids.

The board still needs to talk to the neighborhood association to see what people living in the area would like to do with the space.

These projects aren't cheap, either. The city is investing a little over $200,000 at each location.