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Developer Eyes Sale of Chason Woods to the State

Tallahassee, FL – For more than a year, a big development on the southern edge of Leon County has been in limbo. Now, Tom Flanigan reports that the development may not happen at all.

The 700-acre tract near Wakulla Springs road is called "Chason Woods". Around 500 homes were planned for the development. Leon County growth managers never approved the plan because of environmental concerns. The matter goes before the county commission Tuesday afternoon. Commissioners could nix the deal entirely. But Deputy County Administrator Vince Long says it's more likely they'll give the developer a chance to work out a sale of the property to the state.

"I think that's reasonable to assume that the state acquiring this piece of property, given the environmentally sensitive features on the property I think it's safe to assume that is a solution that's in the best interests of everyone," Long said.

Many neighbors and environmentalists opposed the development because of its size and nearness to Wakulla Springs. Tuesday's Leon County Commission meeting starts at three on the fifth floor of the county courthouse.