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I've noticed that the architecture for many of these new developments are all similar. I love it!! Everything I've seen so far really fits in well with the surrounding existing architecture but has just enough modern flare to really jazz it up.

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^Imo, Tallahassee's city government is pretty conservative, thus the desire to make everything look like its a part of FSU or FAMU's campuses. Personally, I'd like to see more of these buildings push the architectural envelope to become an icon or make a strong statement.

In other words, I'd like to see more buildings follow the path set by the Highpoint Center and the Florida Education Building (I forgot the real name). Imo, these two buildings standout pretty well, despite being boxy.

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I have followed the city government for years and I've seen them shed their conservative layer to the point were now it seems anything goes so long as you follow the rules.

I do not at all agree that Florida A&M and Florida State influence the decisions of the city with regard to design of these buildings. The Kleman Plaza Architectual review board worked with the developer of both this building and the other one you will see a topic created as soon as ground is broken, the Plaza Tower, to come up with designs that would compliment the existing structures and reflect the Federal style architecture characteristic of a Capital City.

I understand it may be easy to assume the universities dictate the direction of this community, especially if you come here from the outside as a college student, however, Tallahassee's government works primarily for the betterment of this entire community, and not simply the 25% (65,000) who happen to be attending a university.

BTW... the name of the Education building is the Turlington Building.

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I've noticed that the architecture for many of these new developments are all similar.  I love it!!  Everything I've seen so far really fits in well with the surrounding existing architecture but has just enough modern flare to really jazz it up.

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Thanks man!! That modern flare is a nice way to describe it!! B)

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^if that's the case, they did a horrible job. Both of those tower designs could be greatly improved. its downtown for crying out loud. If there's any place in town, for buildings with different styles of architecture, its got to be downtown.

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^In the end, its the developer, and the residents of the COT who will have to live with the design. I personally like what they have come up with and look forward to their completion.

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^First and foremost, I'm a realist. Just because I don't agree with the act of making new buildings look like old architectural styles, doesn't mean I don't like the project or don't want it to happen. I just believe if we try harder, we can get better projects for our cities and not what the developer decides to push down or throats. Because in the end, its the community that will live with this, not the developer, who will make his profit and run off somewhere else for his next project.

BTW, if you think I'm harsh, concerning this building's design, just check out some of my comments concerning things happening in Jax (ex. Florida Coastal Law School going to the Southside).

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When you say "They did a horrible job" it sure sounds as if you don't like something. Surely I could have misunderstood... I apologise.

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These two buildings will be adjacent to one another... I think they compliment each other well. The taller building will have some additional features on the roof that aren't shown in this picture. Also, it will be constructed of marble, and limestone while the smaller building will be constructed of brick. Both buildings will have ground floor retail, and the taller building will have a gym. The roof will likely not be that color on the tall building either.

Both buildings have 3 or more levels of underground parking, and most units are already spoken for pre-construction.

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Stopped by Kleman Plaza earlier today, and was pretty impressed by the high number of people using it. The IMAX seems to be pretty popular. These buildings and the ground retail, they offer, should fit right into the landscape, with no problem.

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Crane is now completely installed and work continues on this key project. I was happy to see the crew busy at work today hammering away on this project. Their style differs a bit from the Tennyson crew which is neither bad nor good, just different. This project started off quickly and seems now to be moving along quite slowly, however, this is relative to the pace of the Tennyson which is again moving along in a different style.

Certainally along the streets people are stopping and staring as these projects are underway. This is true excitement for the Florida Capital.

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I look forward to seeing the next level poured sometime soon.

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: 6.4.5

Work is well underway on the second level of the building. Detail to the first floor main entrance are now quite visable... it seems the first level will be very tall. However, I will apologize in advance for the poor photo, I wasn't able to get out of the car for this one.

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I like this project.....I just hate to see the old green space gone. That is one area that Downtown really lacks IMHO...green space, and I am not just talking about small patches of grass....but real parks. If Tally isn't careful, it will just be paved over like South Florida or New York and lose it's appeal.

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I share your feelings on this project. I think it is a great one.

I'm in the group of believers who think a downtown should not be an Urban Forest but an Urban Neighborhood of uniquely designed buildings. The chain of parks are a wonderful downtown feature so too will the refreshed Cascades Park.

Downtown won't miss these few pieces of land. Downtown Tallahassee is a place that can use a little "haircut" if you know what I mean!

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I like this project.....I just hate to see the old green space gone.  That is one area that Downtown really lacks IMHO...green space, and I am not just talking about small patches of grass....but real parks.  If Tally isn't careful, it will just be paved over like South Florida or New York and lose it's appeal.

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However, unlike Tallahassee, those areas still have large vibrant park areas (ex. Central Park in NYC), near their cores. I agree that Tallahassee needs to set aside land for decent sized park space, before its all snapped up and developed.

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Here's some pics of the Gameday project and Kleman Plaza, taken on May 14, 2005.

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Man, why can't Jax have subtle rolling hills like Tally. The highest point of land around here is the top of the landfill as visible from I-295.

With hills like that coupled with the St. Johns River and surrounding salt marsh, Jax would be absolutely perfect!

Anyways, great projects Tally. Keep up the good work!

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