Frequently Asked Questions
In 2011, the City Commission adopted the “Market District Action Plan” with a vision of fostering a unique sense of place in the district. One of the goals of the action plan is to “reclaim or create new public spaces,” and it identifies several objectives. These include providing family-friendly activities, jogging trails, exercise opportunities, a tot lot playground; promoting outdoor business activities, sidewalk sales and business expansions; and creating outdoor venues for special events or leisure.
During development of the Market District Action Plan, repurposing of the existing stormwater ponds in the center of the Market District was identified as a top priority of citizens and business owners.
At the June 2012 workshop on the Sales Tax Extension, agenda materials for the “Market District Activity Center” identified improvements to be implemented by the City, which included the reconfiguration of stormwater management facilities as public amenities and the construction of sidewalks on Maclay Boulevard and Maclay Commerce Drive.
In consideration of the Market District Action Plan goals, a large multi-purpose stormwater project will help jump start the Commission’s Market District Sense of Place efforts. The stormwater project will create a canvas for the development of an urban park that incorporates many of the Action Plan objectives.
The multi-purpose stormwater project will include retrofitting the East and West Stormwater Facilities to improve the aesthetics and water quality treatment, relocating the electric transmission lines to the north side of Maclay Commerce Drive, improving Maclay Commerce Drive from Martin Hurst Road to Financial Plaza Drive and improving the intersection of Maclay Boulevard and Maclay Commerce Drive.
The project will be constructed in two phases. Phase I will predominantly consist of filling in the Central Stormwater Facility and a portion of the East Stormwater Facility and expanding the West Stormwater Facility to make way for relocation of the electric transmission lines to the north side of Maclay Commerce Drive.
Construction of Phase I will begin in spring 2017 and should last approximately 6 months.
In Phase II, the West and East Stormwater Facilities will be retrofitted to their final configuration, including landscaping and beautification elements, and Maclay Commerce Drive and Maclay Road will be improved.
Following outreach to citizens and incorporating that feedback into the final design, it is expected that Phase II could begin in spring 2018 and last 12-18 months.
Construction of this type can be disruptive at times, but the City will do everything possible to minimize inconveniences. Traffic detours, when needed, will be clearly marked, and vehicular access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times. Construction hours will normally begin after sunrise and end prior to sunset, with no construction allowed on Sundays.
The public area between the electrical substation and Maclay Boulevard will be filled in and re-graded to provide a blank canvas for a future park. Potential amenities include a tot lot, splash pad, open spaces for gathering, a pavilion and an outdoor market. Citizen input will be used to draft the vision for the park. A funding source for the park has not yet been established.
You can use the survey section here to provide input.
Additionally, the City will hold a public meeting in fall 2017. This will be an open house style event for interested parties to take a closer look at the concepts presented on this website, ask questions and provide input about the Stormwater project. Meeting details will be posted on this site and mailed to area residents and businesses closer to the event.
City staff is also available to discuss the project at your convenience. Please contact Jason Smith, P.E., City of Tallahassee, Water Resources Engineering Division, at 850-891-6860 or email@example.com.