New Condos, More Business?

With three high rises under construction, the City of Tallahassee says there will eventually be more than 700 condos in the downtown area.

The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce says that will make for a big financial boost for Tallahassee.

You might know of Andrew Reiss, or at least the name of his restaurant. It's been a part of the downtown community for more than 30 years. He's seen business come and go and come again, and he hopes with three new condos in downtown, business will really start cookin'.

Andrew Reise, owner of Andrew's Bar and Grille, says, "This location is still super during the day, but nights and weekends we need more people down here, more events."

Katie Addington's floral shop is right around the corner. She has also seen the downtown area grow in the four decades she's owned the business, but will she see business bloom?

The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce says just the construction of the three buildings will boost the downtown.

Mike Schmidt hopes to be a part of that. He owns another Broken Egg and says he plans on expanding his restaurant to the retail area of Plaza Tower.

Mike says, "I think all the development in downtown is going to be good for all, especially for my business."

So for the businesses that have always been there and the new businesses on the block, they call those 700-plus condo units a welcome neighbor.

Mayor John Marks says this was a project 10 years in the making. He said the city took a risk building Kleman Plaza, and now he says the risk was worth it.

As far as parking, the condo buildings will each have its own parking garage. The city says there are no plans to build additional parking areas at this time.