Tallahassee seeing major construction growth

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Capital City is growing.

This year alone, more than 2 million square feet of new commercial and residential development permits have been issued by Tallahassee's Growth Management division. In 2012, the City collected nearly $5 million in permit fees.

"We have a number of mixed-use projects that have been permitted in the City of Tallahassee over the past year, especially in districts like Gaines Street and in the Midtown area," said Karen Jumonville, director of Tallahassee Growth Management. "They are really the destination districts the City of Tallahassee is really trying to promote."

Developers behind some of the new student housing complexes say they can attract students because they're offering modern amenities to the students and they're located very close to campus

Those who live near some of the new developments say they're forward to what's to come.

"Collegetown is really an entertainment venue that is designed to bring people from the whole community there," Jumonville said. "Of course attracting students, but professionals to the area as well, so it's not just people who are students, but people who work at the University, people who work downtown, families, it's designed to be an attraction for the whole community."