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Committee to vote on funding SoMo Walls Redevelopment Project

Posted at 6:12 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 18:12:14-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A redevelopment project could make its way to Tallahassee's southside, but some people who live in the area say they don't want it.

Monday night, the Greater Frenchtown-Southside CRA Citizens Advisory Committee will vote on funding some of the million-dollar project.

The SoMo Walls Redevelopment Project on South Monroe would redevelop areas next to Cascades Park.

If the project gets the green light, nearly $800,000 would go to the SoMo project.

The developer says the project will bring entertainment and murals to the SoMo District, specifically retail and restaurant options.

The project would mean renovating areas along South Monroe Street and building along Oakland Avenue.

Kenneth Barber says the money should go to redeveloping areas in need of improvements in the heart of Frenchtown, not for funding an entertainment center.

"Rather than funding projects in Frenchtown and in Southside, they want to spend $800,000 on the SoMo project," said Barber. "That is not the intent of the CRA."

Barber says this project came before the Citizens Advisory Committee two years ago and wasn't a good deal then. He believes it has little benefit for people who live on the southside.

Staff is recommending approval of the funds to be given towards the project.