Two districts in the spotlight at CRA meeting

Two districts in the spotlight at CRA meeting
Two districts in the spotlight at CRA meeting
Posted at 4:19 PM, Sep 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-25 13:58:20-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency and the two districts it currently oversees are hot topics at this Monday's CRA meeting.

There's been this ongoing discussion about possibly sunsetting the downtown district and there's also talk of expanding the Frenchtown-Southside district.

The CRA board was going over both ideas Monday afternoon.

It's not expected that any action will be taken immediately. This is just an updated staff report from over the summer, to give the board a clearer understanding of what the options are.

WTXL caught up with city commissioner Curtis Richardson about the possibility of expanding a district to more of the Southside, where he lives.

"If any area of this city is right for that kind of investment, it is the South City area, and so that's why I've been an advocate for that," said Richardson. "I hope that now, we've got some momentum to make that happen. It's an area that fits the definition in terms of the state's statute with respect to blight and slum, and it's in dire need of revitalization and redevelopment."

City staff have come up with areas where that district could expand: South City, Orange Avenue and Springhill Road.

There are a few projects the CRA has already been working on, including its largest to date, the Cascades Project.