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Frenchtown community holds meeting to discuss plans for Neighborhood First Initiative

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Posted at 6:57 AM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 06:57:13-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — After the success of the Neighborhood First Initiative in the Bond Community that same project will make it's way to Frenchtown.

Those who live in the Frenchtown community hard at work Thursday night, weighing in on six priority areas where they would like to see change.

This is one of the first steps before the planning stages for the Frenchtown Neighborhood First Initiative. And the people in the community are telling the city exactly what they want to see.

"A grocery store, a national chain grocery store. Bring it in this community and let the kids work in it after school," said O'Neil Jackson.

Jackson says bringing jobs to Frenchtown that employs the people living there is number one on his list.

And he's not the only one looking to improve the area.

Citizens of Frenchtown brainstormed ways to move the neighborhood forward, covering issues from neighborhood safety to community investment.

"I want to see the 400 Block of Virginia Street, I want that completely cleaned up. You want to make sure develop repair homes bring the neighborhood back bring some grocery stores bring some businesses that kind of thing," Annie Harris.

Tallahassee's Neighborhood affairs a branch of city government took the community's suggestions to give to the Frenchtown Community Action Team poeple who live in Frenchtown working together to create a plan.

"Not only are we seeking their input we are seeking their solutions. This plan will reflect solutions that they envision for the problems in their community," said John Baker.

People in Frenchtown now waiting for the work to start after the official plan is presented.

"The leaders need to demand from the city, when are these programs going into action," said Jackson.

The planning process will take about four to six months and then it will go before the CRA and then to the city commission for approval and funding.