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Neighbors Concerned Over City Proposal

Neighbors Concerned Over City Proposal
Posted at 9:42 PM, Jan 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-02 21:42:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - City owned property near Myers Park could soon be the home to commercial development, and some area homeowners aren't happy about the possibility. 

A handful of Tallahassee residents are expressing opposition with yard signs regarding the city proposal to sell 9.5 acres of property. Opponents of the proposal tell us 150 signs have been passed out to residents so far. The signs read 'no rezoning: keep public land public'.

Myers resident, Cindy Cosper, says organizers against the proposal began handing out signs as soon as they heard the city was considering the measure, "It all came up pretty quick by the planning department. They said it was just a concept, and then all of a sudden it got scheduled about a month ago. So we needed to let our neighbors know."

Another homeowner, Ann Mazzanoeich says her main concern is the potential for development that doesn't conform with the feel of the neighborhood, "....to have some sort of unit complex here with parking garages and things like that...we all live here because of the greenery and the small historic homes..and we want to keep with the feel of the neighborhood."

According to the city, officials say that if a sale was approved, the future developer would be required to work with the city's Architect Review Board to obtain approval for any redevelopment of the site. 

The proposed site sits across from Myers Park, behind Cascades Park and could extend to Van Buren Street. The city says a number of public meetings will have to be held before any decision is made.