“The Heel” to Unfold Along Mahan Drive in Tallahassee, FL

Florida’s capitol could soon be home to the Heel, a multi-family mixed-use development resting on 900 acres. The venture will comprise homes, businesses, office space, and industrial space.

Per the Heel Tallahassee, the developer is not asking for more than 2,107 housing units. They include townhomes, single-family houses, and apartments. Communal amenities will include walking trails, passive parks, and a dog run.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that designers drew inspiration from this community’s rendering.

The publication reports that as of March 2023, the community was still in its design and permitting phase. That process will take anywhere from 12 to 18 months. Sources note construction could start on the billion-dollar complex in May 2024. It will require more than one million square feet of new construction.

The Tallahassee Democrat notes that the Heel would be twice the size as the neighboring Canopy at Welaunee, another multi-family community. Developers note that although there are concerns about the Heel’s ecological impact, they aim to build the community without disturbing the surrounding oak hammocks.

The venture will comprise close to 900 acres.

The Heel is only a temporary name. Once the venture gets closer to completion, the developers may select another title. Powerhouse Inc. is the owner. Moore Bass Consulting is the civil engineer.

The Heel will take shape along Mahan Drive in Tallahassee, FL, 32308, in Leon County.

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3 Comments on "“The Heel” to Unfold Along Mahan Drive in Tallahassee, FL"

  1. Growth in that direction is great.

  2. I don’t see how existing roads will accommodate all the growth out Hwy 90. Were going to wind up with a massively confusing no-man’s-land interchange like Thomasville Road’s unless they get planning now. Six lanes with access lanes for Amazon would be good. Miccosukee is going to be a huge issue unless they run some type of parallel lanes down to Capitol circle. Good luck with that. Hope it’s not homes 3 ft from each other like Canopy Oaks.

  3. Stephen N Martin | May 31, 2023 at 5:11 pm | Reply

    Mention is made of the neighboring Canopy development, which is part of the Welaunee “Toe”. The “Heel” is one other part of the entire Plantation, the Welaunee “Boot” (which includes an “Arch”, a “Heel”, and a “Toe”). Developers of the “Heel” note ecological concerns but attempt to downplay those concerns w/a claim that: “they aim to build the community without disturbing the surrounding oak hammocks.” I recall similar claims from developers of Canopy, who advertised it as “a nature-based community”. Canopy has proven to be anything but that. Powerhouse had formerly owned land Canopy now stands on and Moore Bass Consulting was the civil engineer. I believe the aforementioned claims of ecological concerns w/development of the “Heel” are well-founded. As we know, the past is often the best predictor of the future.

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