City of Tallahassee wins bid on Northwood Centre

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By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
April 17, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The City of Tallahassee has purchased the Northwood Centre property.

The city was one of several agencies bidding on the property during a three day auction. The starting bid was $2 million. The city won the auction with a bid of $6.8 million.

"This is an exciting day for Tallahassee. We have not had this type of transformational change in quite some time. And this commission is dedicated to moving the community forward," said Mayor John Dailey.

Dailey suggested the city consider bidding on the property during last week's city commission meeting. The commission unanimously supported the idea and authorized the city manager to participate in the auction.

According to City Manager Reese Goad, the taxable value of the land is $8.8 million. The property is more than 30 acres in size and includes several out parcels.

"We really don't know a whole lot more than the public knows," said Mike Hamilton, owner of Anytime Fitness, one of the few remaining businesses located in the Northwood Centre.

The gym has been located there for eight years. Others businesses include Milano's Pizzeria and the Tallahassee Ballet.

"We do not want to move anywhere because this is our baby," said Hamilton.

He's hopeful that the new property owner- the city- will rehab the property. He also said the gym could be compatible with many of the ideas floated for the space.

"The police department would great obviously. But, more importantly we just want the new ownership to really put in some effort to creating a beautiful space to people to come too," said Hamilton.

"I promise this won't happen overnight," said Dailey.

The Mayor said the lot is one of the last few parcels of its size, so close to downtown, that is prime for redevelopment. He also said no one will be left behind in the process of deciding what happens to the land.

"We will be very deliberate, we will be very focused, we will take a lot of community input onto what that parcel of land and how it impacts positively, the North Monroe corridor," he said.

The site is on the short list of possible locations for the new Tallahassee Police Department headquarters. However, just because the city will own the land does not mean the police station will go there. Other ideas include a housing community and performing arts space.

Closing on the property is still expected to take about 30 days.

Goad said to expect an agenda item on the sale at Wednesday's city commission meeting. That's when discussion will begin on how to move forward with possibilities for the property.


By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
April 17, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The City of Tallahassee has won a bid on the Northwood Centre property, securing it for $6.8 million.

The auction began Monday with a starting bid of $2 million and ended on Wednesday.

Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey, who suggested the city bid on the property, tells us, "The opportunities are endless."

The building was first built back in 1969 and was a bustling shopping center.

Later, the building was converted into state office spaces. However, over the last few years, most agencies have relocated due to complaints of mold and bat droppings infesting the property.

Today, only 12% of the 33 acre property is actually occupied.

Mayor Dailey said the property’s proximity to RAA Middle School, multiple bus routes and access to Monroe Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard make it a prime spot for redevelopment. He also said it is one of the few remaining lots of its size that’s available.

Check back for updates on this developing story.



 
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