Downtown Development Seeks $525,000 in CRA Money to Help with Restaurant

Tallahassee Reports has learned that the new owners of the Florida Homebuilders Association property, located on the southeast corner of Park and Monroe, is seeking $525,000 in tax money through the Community Redevelopment Agency to help fund a proposed development.

The property was purchased by Brian Ballard, CEO of Ballard Partners, and his wife for $3 million back in the summer of 2015.

The parameters provided to CRA staff indicate the project will be a multi-use structure of approximately 57,000 square feet with an estimated value of $20 million.

The project includes a 150-seat upscale dining establishment with an all-season patio and views of the Park Avenue Chain of Parks and an updated, attractive parking garage featuring 82 parking spaces.

The demolition of the existing structure is slated for February 2016, with project completion estimated in September 2017.

The owners, Park Monroe LLC, are requesting grant funds from the CRA in the amount of $525,000.

The applicants informed the City staff that the grant “would help bridge the gap between the appraisal value and total cost for the project. Additionally, it would assist the restaurant’s economic viability by allowing the applicant to subsidize the restaurant lease’s rental terms. Without such subsidy, the economic viability of the first floor restaurant would likely be untenable.”

The request has not yet been set for a vote.

18 Responses to "Downtown Development Seeks $525,000 in CRA Money to Help with Restaurant"

  1. Howard Eisenman   February 3, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Just my personal opinion, but if the economic projections are not viable then the developer should consider adjusting their costs and plans. Why should taxpayers help subsidize “private developers” with the profits going to developer and the rest of us taking all the risks?
    Isn’t “Crony Capitalism” an offshoot of a “pay to play, and corrupt political system? And, when taxpayers $$$ fund private “for profit” businesses, isn’t this really an example of “socialism” for the very well connected?

    • Amber   February 4, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      Well said, my friend.

    • Nick   February 4, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Agree 100%

    • Robin Steele   February 4, 2016 at 8:56 pm


  2. Bill Schack   February 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Way to go Tallahassee leaders. You started this mess using CRA for private business, so good luck determining the winner and losers.

  3. R B   February 3, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    If an appraisal by a qualified liscenced professionally endorsed appraiser does not support the economic viability of this proposed project, then the CRA has absolutely no business subsidizing it with taxpayers money. Where in the world do we get these folks from , anyway?

    • Preston Scott
      Preston Scott   February 3, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      The CRA has no business subsidizing this project regardless. This is EXACTLY why the Edison, Piggly Wiggly, and all of the other “insider” deals should never have been done…there was no basis to say “yes”, therefore there is no basis to say “no”.

      • E doll   February 3, 2016 at 8:20 pm

        That’s right Preston. But nobody will admit it.

  4. HOPE & CHANGE   February 3, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    I will bet that the usual suspects are getting a kickback.

  5. Edward Holifield, M.D.
    Edward Holifield, M.D.   February 3, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Meanwhile the CRA subsidizes with tax money from the South Side tobacco sales at a soon to be built Piggly Wiggly right down the road from FAMU High.

    Are Roxanne Manning and the CRA purposely trying to kill off black folks with tobacco?

    • Terry Ryan   February 4, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Edward, if you’re concerned about tobacco products being sold at a store just down from FAMU High, you’ll probably love to learn about “asbestos reinforced concrete water pipe” that the City has 93 miles of, now deteriorating. Where is it deteriorating a lot?……yep, South Tallahassee

  6. Joe Shiver   February 3, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Edward you must be smoking something very strong.MD must stand for mentality deprived.

    • E doll   February 3, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks Shakey

  7. Curtis
    Curtis   February 3, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    If you enjoy hearing about the latest news from the CRA, wait until you hear what the county does when it gets its hands on $90 million in infrastructure sales tax they are planning to use for “economic development.”

  8. bob fulford   February 4, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Who will be in charge of disseminating that $90M Curtis speaks of?
    Is it someone with a record of ethical performance?

  9. Unmoderated Dave   February 4, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Bars, restaurants, tobacco stores? What’s next, a brothel?

  10. Daryl McLaughlin   February 5, 2016 at 10:15 am

    It began with the Edison. Ballard is only seeking fairness and how can the CRA say no?
    Once again taxpayers pay so we can dine in style. It would be nice if our city leaders could look at a budget,fund needs and rebate the excess.
    We have a public safety crisis over the summer so they raise our taxes. When surpluses show up a month after the increase and unknown federal grants appear……nothing changes.
    We have an inept and corrupt city government. We need to rise up and take our government back!

  11. Vic Aderhold
    Vic Aderhold   February 8, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    What a great use of tax payer dollars, give it to multimillionaire lobbyists and developers to use for their pet projects.


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