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Leon County committee to decide on Oak Valley shopping center improvements

Posted at 5:40 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 17:40:00-05

TALLAHASSEE — The Leon County Comprehensive Planning Committee is focusing Tuesday night's meeting on development in Tallahassee, including a local shopping center.

Bringing more business and expanding the existing stores are the primary goal.

It has been a long time coming for the Oak Valley Shopping Center at the corner of Monroe and Old Bainbridge. Primarily, it holds a Publix shopping center and a few small businesses. It has only one business on its sign: Publix.

Cherie Bryant, the Leon County Planning Director, helped lead the charge to improve the shopping center.

"It makes it easier for the property owners to get loans to reinvest in the property when they have the correct zoning and comprehensive plan designation," said Bryant.

"We shop here all the time so we'd like to see that," said Anna Waller.

Anna and Mike Waller have been shopping at the Oak Valley Publix for over 20 years. They say although this is their favorite store, the shopping plaza is in desperate need of renovations.

"We've been coming here a long time," Mike Waller said. "And there's a lot of houses being built around this area too, so it would be good to have it expand and have more things here."

Bryant says the outcome of Tuesday night's meeting will help businesses gain interest in this area and help the area grow.

Near the store is Lake Jackson but Bryant says the renovation and improvement of the shopping center would not impact the lake.

The Leon County Planning Committee will vote on this investment at the Frenchtown Renaissance Center.