By: Lanetra Bennett
November 7, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - The City of Tallahassee is holding a block party Thursday to celebrate the renovation of Palmer Avenue.
Palmer Avenue on Tallahassee's southside has been transformed.
"It looks good." Says, Tallahassee resident Jewel DeVane.
There are new sidewalks, seating walls, landscaped areas to filter stormwater runoff, crosswalks, and enhanced landscaping.
DeVane says, "The gas lanterns, they're just gorgeous. It adds like an old antique look to the area; but yet and still it's so modern. it's just beautiful."
Tallahassee resident Burnic Jordan says, "I hope that they do some of these same innovative ideas and projects in other areas on the southside."
That's the plan. The renovation of Palmer Avenue is the first project in a larger plan to create a sense of community in the Monroe-Adams corridor.
The corridor is the area near South Monroe and South Adams, bound by Magnolia Drive, FAMU, the train tracks, and Myers Park Historic District.
City commissioners allocated $1.2 million to the entire corridor project.
City officials say by helping to make this area a thriving, walkable urban district, the Monroe-Adams corridor will serve as a gateway to Florida A&M University and Downtown Tallahassee.
The owner of Hinson Realty, which sits on the corner of Palmer and South Monroe, says the improvements benefit the business community.
Terence Hinson says, "You start to see increased investment by the owners into the buildings and that typically means you're going to see increased investment in money spen on this side of town."
Another area project set to begin soon includes FAMU Way.
The Palmer Avenue Block Party to celebrate the renovations is Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is free. Local musicians, food and entertainment are all on hand.
Press Release: City of Tallahassee
Celebrate Palmer Ave. Transformation
Free Event Featuring Music, Food and Entertainment
November 04, 2013
Come rock the block this Thursday, Nov. 7, at the City of Tallahassee’s Palmer Ave. Block Party. This rockin’ event, which celebrates the renovation of Palmer Ave., will feature local music, food and entertainment from Southside merchants. This free event takes place from 4:30 – 7 p.m. on the section of Palmer Ave. between S. Monroe and S. Adams streets.
“We encourage the entire community to take part in the Palmer Ave. Block Party,” said Terence Hinson, Chairman of the Capital City Chamber of Commerce and member of the Monroe-Adams Placemaking working group. “Area businesses and restaurants will be on hand to showcase what the Southside has to offer.”
Residents attending the block party will notice the street’s new amenities. Improvements include new sidewalks, seating walls and bioswales, which are landscaped areas that are specifically designed to filter storm water runoff. Through the addition of gas lamps, patterned crosswalks and enhanced landscaping, the ambiance of the block has been updated as well.
The renovation of Palmer Ave., an effort supported by area residents, businesses and community groups including the Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI), is just the first project in a larger plan to create a sense of place in the Monroe-Adams corridor. This corridor refers to the area near S. Monroe and S. Adams streets that is bound by Magnolia Dr. on the south, the campus of Florida A&M University on the west, the CSX tracks and Capital Cascades Park on the north and the Myers Park Historic district on the east.
Pending approval and funding, other east-west streets in the Monroe-Adams corridor that could see an upgrade include sections of Magnolia Dr., Kestner St., Perkins St., Jennings St., Pershing St., Harrison St. and Oakland Ave./FAMU Way. The City Commission approved the Monroe-Adams corridor action plan in 2011 as part of the City’s overall Placemaking project.
“The Monroe-Adams corridor serves not only as a gateway to Florida A&M University and to downtown, but it also serves as a gateway into our entire community,” said Mayor John Marks. “By helping to make this area a thriving, walkable urban district, we can enhance the overall appearance of our community and add to the quality of life for those nearby businesses and neighborhoods.”
Another area project set to begin soon includes FAMU Way. Project managers expect to begin construction in early 2014, further enhancing the entire Southside.
For more information, please call the Planning Department at 891-6400 or visit Talgov.com/Planning.