This Wednesday the Tallahassee City Commission will consider a new site selection process for the proposed public safety campus as recommended by city staff.
The staff recommendation comes after two town hall meetings revealed concerns about the proposed location near South Monroe and Orange Avenue.
Recommended Site Selection Process
The staff’s proposed site selection process will first identify properties that can, at a minimum, physically house the existing and future needs of the police department.
The second phase of the process will then determine the communities’ acceptance of the facility in their area and assist with identifying other appropriate uses that could be considered on the site.
Staff is recommending that the architectural, engineering and the construction manager at risk teams lead the efforts for both phases of the process.
The list of potential locations will be vetted through evaluation criteria which includes – but is not limited to – size (minimum 9 acres), cost of acquisition, access, and impact on redevelopment.
Also, staff recommends priority should be given to sites located within approximately 2 miles of the city center.
Staff has already received numerous proposed sites from citizens, realtors and property owners. Staff recommends that any and all property locations submitted by citizens, community groups, realtors, property owners, etc. be summarized in a complete list.
Staff recommends a 30 day call for property submittals.
Staff recommends that 5 to 10 sites be selected based on technical criteria and then the City Commission, after hearing from the public, vote for the top three sites.
The architect, engineering and construction manager at risk team will conduct community meetings for the three short-listed sites in order to obtain community input with an ultimate goal of obtaining whether or not there is broad community support.
At the conclusion of the community meetings, the architect, engineering and the construction manager at risk team will complete a more in depth technical analysis.
The City Commission will then rank the proposals and direct staff to begin negotiating the purchase of the top ranked property.