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Former Leon County Health Department to be Included in New Development

Tom Flanigan

Plans for a new development along the northeast edge of Tallahassee’s Cascades Park are firming up. The project now contains lots of input from a community advisory group.

As now envisioned, the final two city blocks along east Gaines Street will have 300 units of rental housing, a wellness center, office space and a 120-room boutique hotel. But Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Roxanne Manning liked its other amenities, too.

“This project will provide very exciting public spaces right next to Cascades Park, which is the jewel of our community,” she said during Tuesday’s (5/23) update on the development.

Although the old Leon County Jail, now known as the “Firestone Building”, will not be part of the plan due to its deteriorated condition. But developer Shawn McIntyre of North American Properties revealed the Bloxham Building, the former Leon County Health Department next door, will be saved.

“We’re going to preserve that building and restore it and restore its architecture,” he said. “That building can be used as an office or potentially another health use put back in it.”

The next public meeting on the project will be the evening of June 15th at 6:00 p.m. in Cascades Park’s Meridian Point Building.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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