At a meeting today, Joe Berg, the vice-president of the All Saints District Association, put forth a plan to stop the building of a Hampton Inn at the corner of Gaines Street and Railroad Avenue.
The plan includes a petition drive and is encouraging people to show up to a City Commission meeting.
He also informed those in attendance that while he has secured a meeting with all four City Commissioners, a meeting with Mayor Gillum, as of now, will not happen.
Mr. Berg said that the Mayor’s Office told him the Mayor was “booked until January.”
The Mayor’s Office did offer a meeting with the community relations department in the City.
The group says their petition drive has gathered 1,500 signatures because people are concerned about the lack of vision associated with the proposed Hampton Inn development.
You can see the petition here.
“It’s about a very amateurish vision to plunk a hotel on a lot with incredible potential to the community. And we have to exercise our right of petition to demand it. It is a stand off that is being forced to escalate” wrote Berg in an email to TR.
The City, which signed a contract to sell the lot to a local developer (more on that in another report), appears to have some control over the kind of development which is built.
The City Commission will take up the issue on November 24th.
Mr. Berg hopes that a good turn out at the meeting will influence votes and stop a process that he believes has favored developers over residents and local businesses in the area.
“This is also about checking the influence of development in Tallahassee, as in this case it clearly has outgrown any concern for culture, community, or local commerce. This is a seminal moment for the future of organic Tallahassee culture” said Mr. Berg.