For years, Frenchtown was the heart of Tallahassee where everything happened. Over the years that changed, and now the City of Tallahassee and Leon County are teaming up to help revitalize Frenchtown.
Tallahassee Mayor John Marks says, "I think it's a wonderful idea and it's a big deal. This is great and it sends a wonderful message to our community, that the city and county are willing to work together in the purchase of a building in the Frenchtown area."
Ed DePuy of the Leon County Commission says, "I think this is a step in the right direction."
Commissioner Debbie Lightsey did voice some concerns over the joint venture, related mostly to legal issues.
Debbie Lightsey says, "It's an unusual arrangement where we are going to jointly purchase a building and they're going to occupy one third and we'll have two thirds."
But the purchase is moving forward, and now the two commissions are hoping to see more foot traffic around the building, and then more retail stores, and eventually, Mayor Marks says, "Hopefully it will revitalize the Frenchtown area."
Ed DePuy also adds, "I think it's a great move and a great thing for the citizens of Tallahassee and Leon County."
The total cost of the new building is more than $15 million. The county will pay one third of the cost of the building, and the city will pay the rest.