Tallahassee commissioners to discuss flooding in Orange Avenue apartments

Posted at 5:43 AM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 02:33:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - For many people living in the Orange Avenue Apartments, major storm events are leading to flooding and excessive storm damage.

Now it's up to Tallahassee City Commission to help those residents live in flood zones.

WTXL's Jada Williams went live with details on what the commissioner's are tasked with deciding.

Commissioners will vote on applying for a statewide grant that would allow those apartments to be relocated just outside of the designated flood zones.

The $2 million grant would come from funds the federal government gave to Florida to aid communities ravaged by Hurricane's Hermine and Matthew.

The city has been working with the Tallahassee Public Housing Authority and Columbia Residential on a plan to redevelop Orange Avenue Pubic Housing. The plan calls for all new structures to be moved out of the flood zone.

Development in the flood zone will be converted to green space and other landscaping and recreation improvements which would not be impacted by flooding.

The discussion starts Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the commission meeting.