City seeks community input for redevelopment of old Northwood Center

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – “It is right in the center of Tallahassee, so it will serve all four quadrants for citizens of all areas of Tallahassee.”

Michael and Judy Sheridan have big plans for a piece of the old Northwood Center property. The site is in the final phase of demolition. The Sheridans have said they want to build a 30,000-square-foot performing arts center with a 450-seat auditorium, a 150-seat flexible indoor hall and green space for outdoor festivals.

“It’s important to have a place to unite the community, bring the community together.”

The crews worked hard to clear this land just off Monroe Street. City leaders are striving to make the most of the space in the future.

“I think having these kinds of amenities that will bring people into the community will definitely be good for businesses.”

The new Tallahassee Police Department headquarters will also be built here over the next two years. City commissioner Jack Porter said even with this new project, more community amenities, green spaces or economic development could evolve here. The city plans to get more feedback from the community at a public meeting to determine what could be the next step for the property.

“I think there are a lot of exciting opportunities for this space.”

The Sheridan would cover all costs associated with the construction and operation of the proposed Performing Arts Center. When completed, it will serve local performance and music-based nonprofit organizations, local universities, and Leon County school education programs.

“Not only do you have your theater, you have music, you have educated students.”

The new TPD headquarters are still under design, which will determine how the rest of the property (including the performing arts center) will be developed. Updates are expected to be ready by summer 2022.

The Northwood Redevelopment Community Meeting to Highlight Other Ideas is taking place at the Tallahassee Senior Center on January 20 starting at 6 p.m.

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