Businesses coming soon to Tallahassee: Chamber Conference details projects in progress
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AMELIA ISLAND — One of the most popular presentations at the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Conference highlights upcoming developments.
This year’s presentation married taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects with details on upcoming developments mushrooming downtown and all over Tallahassee. The hour-long snapshot covered multi-million projects, including what’s now being called the Frenchtown Gateway Project on one of the historically black neighborhood’s most visible corners facing downtown and Florida State University’s campus.
The $78-million, mixed-use project includes 58,400 square feet of retail space in three buildings, 200 to 250 condos, 20 town homes, an office town and up to 700 parking spaces. Phase I represents around $35 million and is slated to bring an urban grocery store to a neighborhood labeled as a food desert.
“We are looking to re-brand this site,” said Tony Brown, managing member of T. Brown Consulting Group hired by the Frenchtown Redevelopment Partners, a coalition of property owners, including Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. "This is a pioneering project.”
Ed Murray, a go-to commercial real estate expert and partner at NAI TALCOR, dropped dozens of development jewels on the crowd.
A new Island Wings at Fallschase Village Shopping Center. Around seven or eight new car washes have popped up in the last few years. Chick-Fil-A will be in not one but two locations on West Tennessee Street facing one another.
State agencies coming to the Centre of Tallahassee mall will be a "shot in the arm for North Monroe Street," he said. Northwood Mall is changing ownership and won’t look as it does now in the near future.
"The lender plans to sell the note. What that means is there’s going to be something happening," Murray said.
Publix Greenwise in the Gaines Street District opens soon. Proof Brewing Co. is investing an estimated $4.3 million in relocating its operations in the South Monroe or SoMo corridor.
Officials stressed how development is intimately tied to public infrastructure. Blueprint 2020 projects alone represent $750 million for new infrastructure and more in the next two decades.
The conference audience heard details on $274 million worth of projects slated to surface in the next five years. That includes the Airport Gateway project, which improves seven miles of roadway and adds 12 miles of new sidewalks, trails and bike lanes that connects Tallahassee International Airport to fringes of Florida State and Florida A&M universities.
One of the signature infrastructure projects will be the construction of Welaunee Boulevard, stretching from the master planned Canopy development, which has a $1 billion economic impact. Welaunee Boulevard snakes through the development, wraps around Shamrock Road and crosses over Interstate 10. It includes 17 miles of multi-use trails, sidewalks and street lights.
"It serves as a new backbone that goes out of the community to enable development and quality of life to occur," said Ben Pingree, director of PLACE or Planning, Land Management & Community Enhancement.
The project should begin in 10 years and be the site for the first I-10 interchange since the interstate was build.
"It creates capacity that we need for that. It also allows us to protect, I believe, our canopy roads on Centerville and Micosukee (roads), because it removes the congestion and pressure to otherwise widen them."
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A look at what’s coming
Bannerman area — Spans Thomasville Road to Meridian Road and includes a swath of new construction, including the residential phase of Bannerman Crossing. It will bring upscale town homes and single-family houses to one of the most sought after segments of the county.
PDQ — People Dedicated to Quality, not Pretty Damn Quick, is opening its first Tallahassee location. Murray said this fast casual chain usually builds more than one location when it comes to a city.
Location: 3446 Thomasville Road near Market Street.
Market Street Placemaking — Includes the city’s central stormwater facility and relocation of utility lines. Officials plan to gather community input on creating a sense-of-place amenity, which may include a splash pad and green space.
Canopy at Welaunee — Canopy is the largest concentrated area for Tallahassee’s growth within the Urban Service Area. By 2020, 300 homes or a third of the total homes at Canopy, are slated to be complete. The overall goal is to build an estimated 1,000 single-family homes, depending on the market.
Arbor Trace at Canopy will be a 212-unit building in the first phase, followed by another 88 units in the second phase. The first phase of the 300-unit apartment building should be complete by this year, followed by the second phase to be complete in 2019.
Next door, under construction is the HarborChase assisted living facility, slated to be complete by 2019.
Location: Western toe of the Welaunee development east of Fleischmann Road between Centerville and Miccosukee roads.
Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic plans to build a new two-story clinic at Welaunee Boulevard and Fleischmann Road. It’s slated to be complete by November 2019.
Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic — A two-story, 38,000-square-foot facility will soon be under construction for Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic. Its three Tallahassee satellite locations will move into the new facility, which will house several subspecialties such as total joints, spine, pain management, trauma and TOC Now, an urgent walk-in clinic. Work begins in September and is slated to be complete by November 2019.
Location: Welaunee Boulevard and Fleischmann Road, about a mile from its main clinic on Capital Medical Boulevard.
Evening Rose Town Center — New commercial building that will include Bliss Nail Spa, Zoom Tan and a local pharmacy. The development also has dozens of new homes underway.
Location 1624 Capital Circle Northeast
CMX Theaters at Fallschase — 14-screen movie theater bookends Costco in the Fallschase Village Shopping Center off Mahan Drive, combines a unique movie experience under one roof, owners say. It recently opened to grand fanfare.
Location: 147 Vermillion
Publix Greenwise — The highly anticipated new location won’t bear the "Publix" name but rather the Greenwise market. It’s opening soon.
Location: 625 W Gaines St.
Florida State University Golf — The university is planning $8 million in renovations to its 73-par course. It’s led by golf legend Jack Nicklaus and his son Jack Nicklaus II.
Location: Adjacent to Innovation Park
4Forty — Five story mixed-use development that includes market-rate apartments, restaurant space and retail.
Location: 440 N Monroe St.
Downtown and South Monroe Street
Unnamed restaurant in Ballard Building — The Italian steakhouse is the culinary vision of Sage restaurant business partners Terry White, the chef, and sommelier Craig Richardson. The duo will continue to operate Sage in its current location near Market Square while opening the second restaurant, which will have a different menu that remains under wraps.
Location: 201 E. Park Avenue.
First glimpse into the high-end restaurant being built on the bottom floor of the Ballard Building in downtown Tallahassee by the owners of Sage Restaurant.
DoubleTree 17th Floor Rooftop — A 7,500-square-foot addition making room for a restaurant, lounge and outdoor patio overlooking downtown Tallahassee.
Location: 101 S Adams St.
The Deck Pizza — Soon to be downtown’s only pizza joint.
Location: the place most people remember as Po Boy’s Creole Cafe for 20 years, followed by short-lived stints as Tucker Dukes and most recently The Southern Public House.
Washington Square — A city block of mixed use development, including a 19-story Loews Hotel, underground garage and condos.
Location: Former Ausley and McMullen law firm on Calhoun Street behind the Leon County Courthouse.
Cascades Park — $31 million stormwater facility that’s Tallahassee’s version of Central Park. Spans 35 acres and includes Imagination Fountain, walking and bike paves, rolling hills and greenspace.
Location: 1001 S Gadsden St.
Cascades Project — Massive mixed-use project converts two city blocks into apartments, condos, office, commercial and retail space and festival space.
Location: Adjacent to Cascades Park.
Catalina Cafe — Coffee business is relocating most of its baking, manufacturing and packaging operations to the emerging "SoMo" area.
Location: 1210 S Adams St, former Graphateria Print & Design.
TLH Performing Arts — TLH Arts, Inc. (Arts Inclusion + Arts Incubated + Arts Incorporated) is a redevelopment of 10,000 square feet building adjacent to Anita Favors Thompson Plaza at Lake Anita into a multi-purpose assembly and performance venue.
Location: 124 W. Van Buren St.
Early draft of performing-arts center in Tallahassee. It may be built.
Cascades Garden Project — Mixed-use redevelopment plans to build 18 two bedroom/two bathroom town houses, 12 three bedroom/three bathroom single family houses and 14 apartments above commercial space.
Location: Borders by South Monroe Street and East Oakland and Harrison avenues.
Orange Avenue/Meridian Public Safety Complex — Possible relocation of the Tallahassee Police Department.
Location: Towne South Shopping Center, 2525 S Monroe St.
Proof Brewing Co. — The brewing company is relocating from its Railroad Square site into a larger space at the former Coca-Cola bottling plant. Tallahassee’s first and largest brewery will be able to boost its production capacity fivefold.
Location: 1320 S. Monroe St.