Tallahassee City’s Commissioner’s approved the lease termination of the Tallahassee Ballet in order to move forward with the redevelopment of the Northwood Centre for the building of the new Tallahassee Police Department headquarters.
The Tallahassee Police Department has occupied its current location on Seventh Avenue since 1972. As the department has grown in size, both in number of employees and its services it offers, there has been great constraints on the space that is nearly 100 years old. In January 2020, the City Commission unanimously decided to redevelop the Northwood Centre as the location for the new TPD headquarters.
The Ballet is the only existing tenant within the Northwood Centre that is not scheduled to vacate the property before June 2021. The approval to terminate the lease, which expires June 2023, proposes a settlement in the amount of $383,647. The settlement includes an abatement of rent payments for February 1 through May 31, 2021, which equates to $17,275.
Some concerns the Tallahassee Ballet raised with the City, regarding the request to end their lease early included finding a similar location and securing a lease, as well as rent increases and constructing/equipping the new space. However, the settlement with the City allows Tallahassee Ballet to build out and occupy a new location and allows the City to move forward with single-phase demolition and construction without delay, and any additional costs which could exceed the settlement amount.