At the November 15 meeting of the Tallahassee City Commission, commissioners voted 4 to 1 (Richardson dissenting) in favor of a staff recommendation to move forward with the rezoning and sale of the city-owned Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Affairs Office parcel at bounded by Myers Park Drive, Van Buren Street, the electric substation, and the railroad tracks. With this vote, the Commission reversed their earlier decision to build a sound-deflecting wall to address noise interference in the neighborhood. The City of Tallahassee is now considering the sale of its green space parcel, in Tallahassee’s only designated residential historic district, for the development of multi-family housing. They propose that the development would serve as a sound barrier. The proposed action would rezone the parcel from RP-2 to CU-12.
(You can see the entire meeting discussion at the link below in timeslice 1:11:12 through 2:03:37. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PKIqnJrcLE)
It is the position of the Myers Park Neighborhood Association and the Woodland Drives Neighborhood Association that opening development of this city-owned parcel, in the manner proposed by the City, would not serve as a noise abatement, but would instead inflict the demolition of a community structure of recognized historical significance and its surrounding natural resources, ( the City Parks and Recreation compound, designed and built by Al Truell in 1974), increase traffic in and through the historic district, and decrease property values, creating a long-term threat to the integrity of our residential historical district.