Downtown Tallahassee Development
As with many downtowns in the past several decades, the downtown area of Tallahassee has witnessed a change away from retail and residential to an area dominated by office space, with little activity after 5:00 PM. In an attempt to revitalize the downtown into an 18-hour destination with a wide variety of uses the City authorized a study in March, 2002 to evaluate existing conditions to determine if conditions were present to create a downtown redevelopment area. The resulting study, the Finding of Necessity for Redevelopment, found that 79 of the 93 downtown blocks surveyed had conditions that supported a slum or blight designation, as defined by Chapter 163, Part III, Florida Statutes. In September 2002, the City Commission adopted the results of the Finding of Necessity and established the boundaries for the Downtown Community Redevelopment Area (CRA), comprising 441 acres.
In June 2004, the City Commission completed the process for establishing the Downtown District Community Redevelopment Area by adopting the Redevelopment Plan and establishing a trust fund. The Community Redevelopment Agency Board governs the activities of the Downtown CRA, as well as the activities of the Frenchtown/Southside CRA. In February 2006 the CRA Board approved the establishment of the Downtown Redevelopment Commission to make recommendations to the Board on the expenditure of Downtown CRA funds.
The City of Tallahassee established the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in 1998 to create a framework for the redevelopment and enhancement of selected areas of the central urban district.
The purpose of the Downtown Community Redevelopment Area’s Downtown Redevelopment Commission (DRC) is to advise the Community Redevelopment Agency on redevelopment strategies to be addressed and implemented in support of the redevelopment area.