Downtown - it's happening. That's the catch phrase Tallahassee Mayor John Marks hopes you will soon be saying. If you don't think downtown Tallahassee is the place to be, Mayor John Marks says just wait until you see what's in store.
Mayor John Marks says, "They can come downtown and enjoy all of the amenities that we have downtown, including the Brogan Museum, the Imax Theatre, the wonderful restaurants we have downtown; and how much more vibrant it's going to be in the future."
When it's all said and done there will be more than 700 condominiums and residential units, as well as more than 40,000 square feet of retail space.
Peter Kroll, a downtown business owner, says, "That would be ideal except for it's way out of the average price league of the average citizen. It's probably more designed for political people that come into town on occasion."
Rich Templin, a concerned resident, says, "I'm concerned that they're developing a little too quickly without putting any thought into the long-term impact. In terms of traffic, in terms of other infrastructure improvements, storm water runoff.
A new campaign was launched Wednesday to raise public awareness about the changes underway. The theme is "downtown - it's happening."
Brian Bibeau, a Tallahassee resident, says, "We went through a period when downtown almost died. It's great to see the commerce come back, it's great to see the housing come in. It's what's happening in all the great cities and it's nice to see us catch up."
Lyssi Schechter, excited about downtown, says, "It's going to be a great change of skyline, scenery. I can't wait to see it. I'll be here to see it, so I can't wait."
Mayor Marks says within about two years, downtown will be a "happening" place for everyone.