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Cascades Project moves into permitting process

from Project Update

Project update issued by North American Properties

Late last week, North American Properties (NAP) and the Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) signed the agreements necessary to proceed with redevelopment of the Firestone and Bloxham Annex properties that border Cascades Park. The project will move into the permitting process next month pending final approval by the NAP board.  

Site Plan Updates

In conjunction with the signed agreements, NAP released a slightly modified site plan that reflects feedback received by local government and the community. Noteworthy updates include the following:

  • The building on the west side of the development fronting Gaines Street has been reduced from eight stories to four stories to ease the height impact of the structure
  • Restaurant and retail space has been shifted to border the park 
  • Flats and townhouses for rent have been incorporated along Gaines Street

The project design will continue to evolve throughout the permitting process, and new architectural renderings will be shared as they are produced.

In keeping with previous commitments, NAP will preserve the Bloxham Annex Art Moderne building (the former Leon County Health Unit) in its entirety. The project team will also implement the community’s vision for a historical plaza within the new development to honor the rich history of the area and commemorate the important events of the Civil Rights Movement that took place on the property in the early 1960’s.

Next Steps

Activity on the site will begin to increase in the coming months, with construction slated to begin this summer. NAP remains committed to keeping the community informed as the project progresses and will work closely with local government to minimize construction impacts on park visitors and the downtown workforce. 

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