At the March 1, 2022 Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Commission meeting, officials will consider a staff recommendation to rezone the property where the vacant Kohl’s building is located.
The applicant and present owner of the property is Continental 182 Fund, LLC. The parent company is Continental Properties located in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
The application requests an amendment to the Official Zoning Map to change the zoning classification from the Bradfordville Commercial (BC-1) and Bradfordville Commercial-2 (BC-2) zoning districts to the Bradfordville Office Residential (BOR) zoning district.
The approximately 10.16- acre subject parcel is in the Bradfordville Mixed Use Future Land Use Category and is located at 6785 Thomasville Road. The application proposes a downzoning to provide for the existing vacant building to be used, and the BOR zoning district encourages the re-use of existing single use sites.
According to information in the application, the pending contract purchaser proposes to repurpose the entire building as an indoor, self-storage facility with minimal site modifications, primarily related to signage.
A rationale for the use of the building as self-storage was provided by the applicant:
The Rezoning Request would facilitate the reuse of the Property with less impact on neighbors than a commercial use. This would be the case whether the building was repurposed for a self-storage facility, office or multifamily development. All of those uses, which are permitted in the BOR zoning district, would be highly compatible at this location.
However, due to the existing building value and commercial design, office and ultifamily use are a long-term redevelopment option, but not a short-term solution. With a building value exceeding $2MM, the building is simply too valuable to demolish. As such, it is appropriate to consider how the building could be repurposed using its current design. While multifamily use or office use would be compatible, the commercial design of the building makes it unsuitable for repurposing to those uses.
The existing building – which has been dormant since 2016 – includes a total of 99,162 square feet of floor area.