Leon County Commissioner Rick Minor Explains Benefits of Northeast Gateway, Amazon Project – Tallahassee Reports

Leon County Commissioner Rick Minor, District 3, recently appeared on The Steve Stewart to discuss his re-election campaign and the critical issues facing our community.

Minor, who has lived in Tallahassee for about 20 years, was elected to his current position in 2018.

On the issue of growth and development, Minor said he supported growth, but cautioned that “sprawl” should be minimized as it impacts government infrastructure such as roads, schools and hospitals.

Minor was asked about the North Corridor of Monroe, which is in District 3.

“The North Monroe Interchange has more people entering our community through this interchange than any other point in the county. It’s the number one gateway to Tallahassee,” Minor said. “Now what has happened over the past few years is that we have seen a gradual and steady decline in this part of town.”

Minor said his goal was to revitalize the corridor.

Minor noted that he helped establish a “task force” to conduct assessments and suggest solutions to problems. The county has since adopted the task force’s recommendations into the five-year strategic plan, which means steps can be taken to address the issues.

Minor addressed homelessness, a significant issue along North Monroe.

He said the issue is complicated, but the county worked alongside the Leon County Sheriff’s Office to create a street outreach team of trained counselors and deputies. These teams establish links with homeless encampments and encourage them to seek social services.

Regarding the Amazon project, Minor said he supports it and believes it will have a positive impact on the community. He said Amazon would create more than 1,000 jobs, with benefits from day one and tuition for those who want to go to school. Additionally, he thinks there will be other companies following Amazon in Tallahassee.

Minor also mentioned the Northeast Gateway project, which he supported. He says he supported the master plan to allow the county to coordinate area planning and growth, such as implementing traffic and stormwater plans.

Minor noted that the vote will also protect the character of Centerville and Miccosukee roads.

Without the agreement, landowners could sell plots to whoever they wanted, with less control over any development.

Stewart asked why Minor voted against expanding the urban service area on the southeast side of Tallahassee.

“We have criteria that are defined that we must take into account” to expand the urban service area (United States), Minor said. One of these measures is that there must be a “well-defined need” for the expansion. “The big test I have is to make sure that any expansion in the United States is going to help us meet the demand for affordable housing.”

Minor explained that when he asked developers how much of their building would be affordable housing, they said the focus was on $300,000 or more.

“In Leon County, it’s not affordable,” Minor argued.

Regarding the vote for Blueprint dollars distributed to repairs to FAMU and FSU stadiums, Minor voted for funding for FAMU but voted against funding for the FSU stadium.

“The FAMU vote came to us first, for $10 million. They would have been convicted, and that was a safety hazard,” Minor said.

Minor said he was initially in favor of funding Doak Campbell Stadium repairs. However, many of his constituents expressed opposition to Blueprint dollars going to FSU, so he decided to vote against it.

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