Downtown Development Seeks $9.6 Million CRA Tax Break

Downtown Development Seeks $9.6 Million CRA Tax Break

Tallahassee Reports has learned that a proposed development located in downtown Tallahassee at 227 S. Calhoun Street is seeking a $9.6 million refund of post-construction property tax from the downtown Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). At the July 19th CRA Board meeting staff was directed not to bring any additional large-scale Downtown District projects to the […]

Commissioner Dozier Defends Property Purchase from CRA Developer After Vote

Commissioner Dozier Defends Property Purchase from CRA Developer After Vote

On October 23rd, 2014, the Community Redevelopment Agency voted 7-1 to provide IB Tallahassee, LLC, as the owner of the Doubletree Hotel at Adams Street, up to $682,000 in CRA grant funds. Among those elected officials that voted for the grant was Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier. Less than three months later, public records show […]

Gateway Building Will Not Repay Public Dollar Investment Until 2040

Gateway Building Will Not Repay Public Dollar Investment Until 2040

Tallahassee Reports has learned that the $1.4 million in public funds provided to the owners of the Gateway Building, home to Walgreens until February 21st, will not be completely recovered through property taxes until approximately 2040. This finding is based on financial information provided to TR by officials at the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). To […]

Proposed $1.5 Million CRA Grant for Southside Health Facility Generates Heated Debate

Proposed $1.5 Million CRA Grant for Southside Health Facility Generates Heated Debate

UPDATE The CRA voted 6-2 in favor of the $1.5 million grant to Big Bend Cares. Voting for the grant were County Commissioner’s Maddox, Lindley, Dozier, City Commissioner’s Miller, Richardson, and Mayor Gillum. Voting against were City Commissioner Scott Maddox and County Commissioner Bill Proctor. Those who supported the project talked about the redevelopment upgrade […]

CRA Votes to Give $1.6 million Tax Break to Out-of-Town Developer

CRA Votes to Give $1.6 million Tax Break to Out-of-Town Developer

On Thursday, February 27, 2014, the Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) voted 6-1 to approve a property tax rebate in the amount of approximately $1.6 million to an out of town developer. The rebate will go to CA Student Living, a developer from Chicago, Illinois that is proposing to develop 444 College Avenue, a mixed-use […]

CRA to Become Stand Alone Department, Personnel Expenses to Increase

CRA to Become Stand Alone Department, Personnel Expenses to Increase

The City of Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), whose¬†mission is to reduce conditions of physical blight within the agency’s two redevelopment districts: the Greater Frenchtown/Southside Community Redevelopment Area and the Downtown District Community Redevelopment Area, will become a stand alone department in 2014. The CRA has been involved with a number of projects in the […]

Mckibbon Hotel Group Consultant Communicated with Staff Without Registering as a City Lobbyist

Mckibbon Hotel Group Consultant Communicated with Staff Without Registering as a City Lobbyist

Tallahassee Reports has learned that the consultant retained by the Mckibbon Hotel Group (MHG) – who has business before the City Commission – had communications with City staff on MHG issues and was not a registered lobbyist with the City of Tallahassee. Tallahassee Reports requested a list of registered lobbyists on August 16, 2013. Click […]