News Release

Leon County
Board of County Commissioners
301 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301
(850) 606-5302

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Mathieu Cavell, Director
Community and Media Relations
(850) 606-5300

Alison Faris
City Communications Department
(850) 891-6400

DesignWorks Open House

Urban Design Studio Grand Opening March 7

How does urban design impact our community? How does good design protect your property values? Who can help you interpret land development regulations?
The Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department will answer these questions and others at the grand opening of DesignWorks, an urban design studio, on Thursday, March 7, from 4-7 p.m. 
Elected and appointed officials will join staff, community leaders, local developers and architects to celebrate the official opening of the studio.  The studio is located on the third floor of the Frenchtown Renaissance Center, 435 N. Macomb St. The program is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. with a formal ribbon cutting and open house to follow.
The DesignWorks studio is home to members of the Planning Department’s urban design team.  In addition to reviewing conceptual site plan designs and sketches, the team is responsible for special projects including Placemaking district plans. Along with local businesses and neighborhoods, Placemaking projects (also known as Sense of Place initiatives) have helped create memorable urban destinations in our community such as Midtown, the Gaines Street corridor and the Lake Jackson Town Center at Huntington.

“Urban design is an important part of what makes a city beautiful and memorable,” said Mayor John Marks.  “In addition to creating beautiful buildings, good urban design provides more stable property values for our residents and businesses in Tallahassee.”
The opening of the DesignWorks studio will provide a space that encourages the collaboration of public vision and private development. Citizens can take advantage of the opportunity to work with urban design professionals during the early stages of their development projects at which point creative enhancements and potential challenges can be identified thus saving them time and money. 
“We are excited to show off the DesignWorks studio and highlight this creative space where citizens including developers and their associates come to collaborate with experienced City and County staff during the development planning process,” said County Commission Chairman Nick Maddox.  
The Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department is part of the Department of P.L.A.C.E. (Planning, Land Management and Community Enhancement). For more information, please call (850) 891-6400.