During the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency Board meeting on December 9, 2021, the Board voted to accept the Market Feasibility Assessment and to move forward with creating a master plan for the fairgrounds.
The master plan is a dynamic long-term planning document that provides a conceptual layout to guide future growth and development and will take approximately 12 months to develop.
The Board voted to allocate $200,000 from the Blueprint Reserve Account to develop the master plan.
“If we repurpose some of the property and if we improve those facilities and get really creative on what else we can add into that space. I think it will be a gem that is in the right location,” Commissioner Kristin Dozier added to the conversation. “I am really looking forward to this.”
During the September 17, 2020, meeting, the Board requested a market study be conducted. In addition, Blueprint allocated $12 million for FY2024 for the beautification and improvements to the fairgrounds.
According to the current report, the fairgrounds generate roughly $79.2 million in the local economy, playing an essential role in Tallahassee as a driver of business that supports retail spending and employment.
The land is currently valued at $3.7 million with little interest from private developers. Additionally, with approximately 202,600 visitors annually and the potential utilization of more of the property, the report recommended continuing operations at the current site.
Commissioner Nick Maddox suggested considering a sports complex, as Cox stadium is near the fairgrounds. “I think it would be a perfect opportunity not to use all of it, but some of it may be to explore in the master plan, maybe combining the two projects to see how we can work that out.”