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Residents Meet with City Officials about Potential Myers Park Rezoning

Residents Meet with City Officials about Potential Myers Park Rezoning
Posted at 6:30 PM, Feb 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-07 15:46:14-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Residents in one Tallahassee neighborhood are meeting with the city's local planning agency to go over a proposal to rezone property that currently includes the Parks and Recreation headquarters.

More than 11 acres in Myers Park is being considered for central urban use instead of recreation and open space. It's a plan that's been discussed for months and Tuesday night, the public gets a chance to chime in.

We've talked to residents in this neighborhood before about this issue.

They oppose the plan to get rid of the existing parks and rec buildings and to develop housing in that area instead.

"The city government leaders are making decisions without thinking of the unintended consequences of those decisions," said Mary Frederick, a Woodland Drives resident.

"That is our community center, but it serves the whole city," said Valerie Conner, a Myers Park resident. "So to lose that for a development that is essentially unnecessary is really disturbing."

The neighborhood has organized a significant effort on social media, urging people to come to this meeting wearing the color red.

The city has held two public open houses already. If you'll remember, this proposal comes after the city decided to stop plans to build a wall to keep out sounds coming from Cascades Park.

The Planning Department is recommending approval of the proposal. If it gets the green light, the plan still needs to be looked at by the Architecture Review Board.

Reporter Stephen Jiwanmall is at the meeting now and will be bringing you updates.