TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — More jobs, entertainment and a better quality of life; are just a few of the goals developers are setting for the city’s newest business venture.
“So it’s not a get-rich-quick scheme, it’s not an out-of-town real estate developer coming in to make a quick buck, it’s a lifetime operation.”
Art District real estate developer Adam Kaye talks about the newest economic development coming to Tallahassee at the intersection of FAMU Way and Adams Street. It’s called Railroad Crossings and is part of the same concept as Railroad Square.
It will feature local art, food, retail and entertainment.
“We really hope these spaces will be activated by entrepreneurs who really need to start a business and want to create jobs in our community.”
The property that Kaye is revitalizing has 11 different spaces that he plans to subdivide, so they can attract new businesses of all sizes and price points. At the back of the property, they want to create a food truck and a place for vendors.
“Bring black businesses to the area and merge everything together.”
Quanesia Arnold plans to jump in, take her local business, Big D’s BBQ, and turn it into a food truck.
“Local bands will come and perform, we’ll have food that everyone likes to eat, we’ll have an array of barbecues, we’ll have burgers, we’ll have family fun.”
All to provide more growth opportunities in the Southside and beyond.
Christopher Daniels, vice president of the Greater Bond Neighborhood Association, said:
“Now that these commercial properties are being developed, you can open your own restaurant, you can open your own business here, you don’t have to go to Atlanta or Miami or other places anymore, you can do it here in Tallahassee.”
The property’s existing business owners are invited to be part of the new venture, and Kaye says he plans to help them along the way.
Arnold hopes to have the food truck operational at Railroad Crossings by April 2022.