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Advisory panel named for Firestone project

from WFSU Public Media

Due and H. Steele in Firestone building

Tom Flanigan

The developer of a proposed hotel, apartment and retail space on Tallahassee’s East Gaines Street has formed a community panel to help guide the project. That panel will suggest ways to preserve at least part of what was the old Leon County Jail and Health Department buildings.

The developer hosted a Friday (5/5) tour of the long-closed Firestone Building – which began life as the jail – and the former Health Department structure for the newly-named panel and members of the media. In the course of the tour, the Reverend Henry Marion Steele, oldest son of legendary civil rights leader C.K.Steele, found himself standing in the room where his jail cell once was.

“The slammer was back down this end,” he recalled, straining to place long-vanished features in the now vacant space. “I remember seeing one guy…” and he proceeded to recount the tale of a troublesome jail “regular”.

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