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Despite Local Concern, City Moves Forward With Waterworks Sale

View of the waterworks property from above
Erich Martin

Tallahassee commissioners have approved the sale of the city’s old waterworks buildings. The lot will go to North American Properties--the only developer that submitted a bid. Some public commenters pushed against the sale—raising concerns about how NAP has handled other developments, such as the new housing project currently underway near Cascades Park. But Commissioner Curtis Richardson said the city is lucky to work with NAP.

“They have made a commitment to this community and its future. They are here for the long term. They have agreed to invest in the long term for this community—in an appropriate way, in a partnership with this community. I have said on many occasions that they are a model for the partnership that we want to see,” Richardson said.

North American Properties will pay $408,000 for the sale. The company plans to use the buildings for a brewery, restaurant or distillery. Fire pits and games will be available on the lawn and the cistern will be a performance space.

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