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Frenchtown, Southside residents want more input in SoMo Walls project

Posted at 5:30 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 17:30:34-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The SoMo Walls project is set to make major changes to Tallahassee's southside, but those who live in the area say the community should have more input with big projects like this.

The project, which received funding from the Community Redevelopment Board on Monday, would bring art and entertainment to South Monroe Street.

The Frenchtown/Southside Community Action Committee denied funding for the project earlier this year.

Many did not want to see CRA funds to go to the project because the money was designated to fix blighted areas.

Others say if the developer had done more community outreach, it would have made southside residents feel more comfortable with the project.

"The developer should have reached out to the citizens in this area sooner," said Cheryl Collier-Brown, with the Frenchtown/Southside Citizens Advisory Committee. "So I want whoever comes in this area from now on in the Frenchtown CRA to come in and greet us, and get to know us, and get to know what we anticipate happening in our community."

Collier-Brown says she is in support and excited about the project and new developments headed to Tallahassee's southside.