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$158 million redevelopment proposal targets Cascades Park area

from Tallahassee Democrat

Early Cascades site plan

TaMaryn Waters, Democrat staff writer 

Two downtown city blocks on the hem of Cascades Park could have apartments, townhouses, a restaurant, a five-story hotel and room for commercial businesses and office space.

Developer Shawn McIntyre, a partner and senior vice president of North American Properties, has already redrawn the Gaines Street landscape with four student housing projects. An early conceptual master plan details his vision for a new catalytic project. He is the only respondent to the Community Redevelopment Agency’s second go-round for proposals after the first request netted no bites.

The downtown plan calls for the sale and redevelopment of the Firestone and Bloxham Annex buildings. If approved, this would be the first park-amenity redevelopment in Tallahassee’s downtown and, with an estimated $158 million price tag, the largest CRA project for downtown.

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