Frenchtown Developers Get Extension On Old Shelter Site Project

Nov 9, 2017

Developers are getting more time to draft a plan to rebuild a block in the heart of downtown Tallahassee. 

A conceptual design for a key downtown block in Tallahassee's Frenchtown neighborhood.
Credit Frenchtown Redevelopment Partners /

Thanks to the Community Redevelopment Agency, Frenchtown Redevelopment Partners have an extra 180 days to finish their proposal to redesign the block at Tennessee and Macomb Streets. There’s a barbershop, drug store, and tattoo parlor there now. And the area was the site of the old city shelter. County Commissioner Bill Proctor is ready to see what the proposed condos, restaurants, and businesses might look like.

“I mean this project, when I look at it, think about…it whets my appetite. And I’m certainly anticipating your final when you bring this in for a landing,” Proctor said.

Frenchtown Redevelopment Partners plans to have a formal proposal in place by January 15th. The 180 day extension comes after one of the members, Harold Knowles, was indicted on federal bribery and money laundering charges.