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CRA moves forward with Frenchtown Gateway Plan

Posted at 4:53 AM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 09:47:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Change is coming to Frenchtown. The Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency is moving along with plans to invest.

It has a lot of people in the historic neighborhood saying 'it's about time.'

A lot of people in the area walk, but the only walk-able food option is Dollar General or Family Dollar, neither of which sells things like meat and produce.

Now that the CRA's Frenchtown Gateway Plan is in the negotiating phase to make way for a major redevelopment project.

Between West Tennessee, North Macomb, and West Virginia streets, two separate proposals will bring in many of the things people have spent years asking the city for.

The proposals include bring in a senior complex, workforce housing, a parking garage, an urgent care clinic, and of course a grocery store.

"Our community is rising for the better because there are economy based apartments over there and the city owns the other apartments. And there will be grocery stores and shops in that complex. It'll be kinda like Gaines Street and what they did over there," said John Cozart.

These proposals are still in the early phases.

They're still talking to some of the existing property owners and working on securing the land that will see all of the development.

The CRA Board, along with people involved in the development plan will continue to work on a purchase agreement for those proposals.