New All Saints Hotel Concerns Local Business Owners

Photo of the parking lot off Railroad Ave.
Posted at 5:30 PM, Jun 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-30 14:33:52-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- A new hotel is coming to the All Saints District, but local business owners are worried about its impact to the neighborhood.

A six-floor Hampton Inn & Suites will be built on Railroad Street by Gaines Street.

Gary Yost owns Yosties Chili Parlor across the street. He says he welcomes the hotel as part of the area's development, but he's concerned about the changing identity of All Saints. He says he set up shop in the neighborhood because of its local, eclectic business environment.

However, with the addition of the new hotel and a proposed Publix supermarket, he says the uniqueness of All Saints is being compromised.

"It would be nice if the city planners or whoever would gather all the businesspeople that's been here for decades and get their opinion about traffic patterns and the amount of congestion for the construction, the amount of business that businesses lost when they redid Gaines street, for example," Yost said, "but it's like a developer comes in. 'We want to do this.' They say, 'Okay.' And then you're already fighting a losing battle."

The hotel's development is expected to start this fall and be completed by 2018.