By: Lanetra Bennett
March 24, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Developers say things are progressing well with the new development at Bannerman Crossing. The $300 million project is located at Thomasville Rd. and Bannerman Rd. on the northeast end of Tallahassee.
Giggles Indoor Play Center is the first business to open under the new project. The owner, Ross Syrdahl, hopes more customers will come his way when other shops open soon.
Syrdahl said, "I definitely hope it is. I think it is. The community has been amazingly supportive of us. The feedback has been amazing. We just wanted to create an environment that was safe, fun, enjoyable for families."
Karl Wood lives on that side of town. He said, "I could envision myself spending more time here whether than going five or ten miles away. So, that's going to be nice."
Bannerman Crossing is designed to be a live, work, play, eat, drink type of atmosphere. It will feature a pavilion for events and concerts,
and up to 20,000 square feet of office space.
Area resident Myra Rice said, "I think it's wonderful. It is wonderful. The community even looks better with new development."
"We're getting into what we call the home stretch of this project," said Ron Brafford with Summit Group Commercial Properties.
Brafford says most of the tenants in Bannerman Crossing will be open and ready for business within two months.
Rice said, "I love boutiques. I'm a one of a kind person. So, to see some boutiques coming to this development, would be wonderful for me. I'm not a department store person."
Boutiques will be coming, such as Lucky and Charmed, and Lenabugs.
Restaurants are on the way as well. The list includes Moe's Southwest Grill, Blu Halo, Red Eye Coffee, and McGowan's Hops and Grapes who serves craft beers, wines, and cheeses.
Developers say they're working on getting sports bars and Asian and Italian restaurants, and more.
"We didn't really have any place to eat around here except fast foods, and you have to go about two or three miles to even get that. So, the different kinds of restaurants will really bring in a lot business I do believe," Rice said.
Some worry the businesses will bring too much traffic.
The developers say they've taken care of that issue. Brafford said, "We constructed this roundabout in about 45 days. Then the other one going into Chiles High School all the way back into the Golden Eagle/Killearn Lakes area was done by the county. Now, it's got good connectivity and I think people are really starting to get used to it now."
The completion of this project is not the end.
Developers say the next phase in the future will be building 153 new homes. That residential area will be just west of Bannerman Crossing.
There are also plans to build across the street from the Center. An Ace Hardware store and a credit union are on deck for that development.