After spending the last few weeks removing asbestos, light ballasts and other hazardous materials from the buildings on the property, North American Properties has begun clearing the project site in preparation for new construction.
Honoring our History
The architecturally significant former county health unit will be preserved in its entirety. Other buildings on the site, including the Firestone building and the former WPA District Office, will be removed. Input from local citizens over the past two years gave birth to the design concept of the project underway. The new development will feature a community-envisioned historical plaza that highlights the stories behind these buildings and the rich history of the area.
North American Properties indicates, "preserving the stories of our community is one of the most important aspects of this project for us. With the community input we received – from the personal experiences of Civil Rights activists to the recollections of citizens who received vaccinations at the former county health unit – we are going to bring these stories to life and make sure future generations learn about what happened here."
Responsible Growth Downtown
The landmark live oak on the northeast corner of the property will be preserved along with several palmettos, but many of the other trees will be removed. According to North American Properties:
"While it is always difficult to see trees being removed, this project fulfills local government’s desire for responsible growth and meets the community’s demand for urban infill, which reduces the impacts of development on outlying areas. New trees will be planted
as part of the project, and a street tree canopy will be created surrounding the property. We will also contribute to Tallahassee’s “tree bank,” which funds tree-planting throughout the community."
Site clearing will continue for approximately two months. To minimize effects on park visitors and nearby residents, work will occur mostly on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and will not conflict with permitted special events held at Cascades Park. Traffic patterns, parking and access to the park will not be affected at this time.
Please visit the Project Page: Cascades Park Mixed Use Development
for more information about this transformative urban development. We look forward to keeping you informed throughout the significant stages of this project.