At the April 13th Leon County Board of County Commissioners, elected officials voted to approve the creation of a Citizens’ North Monroe Street Task Force.
Local businesses and residents have reported a decline in the condition and appearance of the North Monroe corridor and they have voiced interest in working with the County to address quality-of-life issues in the area.
Besides an overall decrease in conditions, there has been an increase in crime and homelessness in the vicinity during the COVID pandemic.
The County has prioritized projects for restoration at the North Monroe corridor due to the high density of businesses in the area. In addition, North Monroe is one of the most accessed gateways to the community.
With the participation of the City of Tallahassee and staffed by the City/County Planning Department, the Task Force will be comprised of 12 members, seven appointed by the County and five appointed by the City of Tallahassee. Six of the 12 members will be citizens or citizen group representatives, four members will be businesses or business sector representatives, and lastly, two of the members will be nonprofit or service organization representatives. The specific task force members will be appointed to reflect the community and allow for balance in interests.
According to the report, the individuals appointed to the Task Force will be responsible for identifying “short-term and long-term opportunities to reduce crime, encourage quality redevelopments and improve safety and overall conditions, including economic conditions and aesthetics” along the North Monroe Corridor between Fred George Road and Tharpe Street.
The Task Force will hold sessions through the rest of the year in order to present information that has been gathered by field experts and identify findings and guidance which will be reported to the Board in December 2021.
Also, community members along the corridor will be informed of meetings for which there will be opportunities for engagement. The plan is to dissolve the Task Force following the presentation of the final report.