Federal Funds to Boost Frenchtown Redevelopment

The federal government is awarding the city hundreds of thousands of dollars to improve needy neighborhoods.

In the midst of the Frenchtown redevelopment area, the City of Tallahassee was presented with a federal grant of close to $1 million.

The grant will be matched by another $500,000, and will help enhance the infrastructure of Frenchtown to attract new businesses.

"As we estimated there will be more than 200 jobs created and it should attract some $110 million in private investments,” comments Kathleen Cooper of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

But area business owners have mixed feelings and questions about how this grant money will be used.

"I feel like it's a good thing economically, but my thing is specifically will the people in this particular area be able to benefit from that money or do other people come in who are not from this particular area and benefit from the money?” says barbershop owner Miles Evora.

The city says most of the money will be used to improve areas between Tennessee, Macomb and Brevard Streets.

For Tallahassee Mayor John Marks, this is a huge victory.

"It is part of a dream come true to make sure that the Frenchtown area receives the kind of boost, economic enhancement that the rest of the community will be receiving as well,” adds Mayor Marks.

Only time will tell how this money will impact Frenchtown.