Citizens To Review Redevelopment Proposal For Old Shelter Site

May 15, 2017

A plan to redevelop the site of the old shelter on Tennessee Street will get a hearing tonight. The proposal could transform an entire city block that has struggled for years.

The City of Tallahassee leveled the old homeless shelter on Tennessee Street after opening an expanded facility called the Kearney Center on Pensacola Street.
Credit Tom Flanigan via WFSU

Earlier this year the City of Tallahassee demolished the old homeless shelter, after building a new center on Pensacola Street. Now a team led by the Reverend R. B. Holmes of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church wants to transform the empty lot and the surrounding city block. The sweeping plan imagines a vibrant neighborhood with a grocery store, bank and urgent care center. Solar panels would top townhouses. And residents could enjoy the view from a pedestrian bridge stretching across Tennessee Street. A citizens’ advisory committee will hear from the group tonight at 6 at the Renaissance Center. The team hopes to win an exclusive redevelopment agreement with the city later this month.