City Will Host Block Party To Celebrate Palmer Ave. Transformation

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Press Release: City of Tallahassee

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

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