By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 25, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The Community Redevelopment Agency board met Monday to vote on the continuance of the CRA, as well as several projects to move forward on.
The meeting began with the board discussing four options on how, or if, to proceed with the CRA following an FBI investigation. Four options were put forth and, after some discussion, City Commissioner Scott Maddox offered up a substitute motion to “sunset,” or cancel, both the Downtown and Southside Frenchtown CRAs.
While City Commissioner Bill Proctor seconded the motion, it failed once the entire board voted.
County Commissioner Kristin Dozier countered with a substitute motion to evaluate and compare three of the options, which would be done by the CRA staff, city staff and county staff, with information brought back to separate commissions before coming back to the CRA board in November. The motion carried 8-1, with Commissioner Proctor the only non-yes vote.
The board then moved to vote on the Cascades and Envision projects, each of which passed with eight votes.
The meeting ended with a discussion and vote to enter into negotiations to develop recommendations and assistance for a proposal to place a hotel and conference meeting space at Washington Square.
That vote ended with a 5-3 split on the board, with plans for it to move forward, despite the project being over $2 million to develop. The board previously said they would not work on projects that cost $2 million or more.
Renderings for the Cascades project are available below.