Timeline: Gaines Street Revitalization

A look, over the years, at the progress on Gaines Street.
A Timeline of Events of the Gaines Street Revitalization

1991:

A preliminary design and environmental study is started for Gaines Street but is put on hold. In September, the Tallahassee City Commission approves a proposal for a south-side revitalization study that includes the Gaines Street corridor.

1992:

The City Commission appoints a revitalization steering committee to help the Planning Commission prepare a master plan for the Gaines Street area.

1993:

The preliminary design and environmental study for Gaines Street is re-initiated.

May 1994:

A preliminary visualization workshop, or “charrette,” is held to discuss Gaines Street.

July 1994:

The Gaines Street Pedestrian Corridor Design Studio, a project directed by Florida State University’s department of urban and regional planning and funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Florida Department of Transportation, is completed.

1995:

The Gaines Street Study Group is convened.

1996:

The city agrees with FSU to build a regional stormwater management facility to support FSU and downtown redevelopment. 

June 1997:

The Metropolitan Planning Organization adopts a position on Gaines Street improvements supporting proposals for a four-lane boulevard with on-street parking, a landscaped median, wide, landscaped sidewalks and bike lanes. (The organization also proposes removing on-street parking if the need for a six-lane, one-way road is called for.) 

July 1997:

The Gaines Street Vitalization Committee is formally recognized by the Metropolitan Planning Organization. In 1998, the city recognizes the committee as its official Gaines Street advisory board.December 1997: The city receives $26,500 from the Florida Department of State to assess the corridor’s historical properties.

May 1998:

The city contracts with Wallace, Roberts & Todd, an urban planning and design firm, to prepare design guidelines for redevelopment, along with a Cascades Greenway plan and an evaluation of adaptive reuse for historical properties.

September 1998:

The Community Redevelopment Area is set up. It includes the Gaines Street corridor.

September 2000:

The city designates Gaines Street as an “Urban Infill and Redevelopment Area.”

November 2000:

The city adopts the Gaines Street Revitalization Plan. The plan is completed in February 2001.

May 2001:

The city receives a $203,000 grant from the Florida Department of Community Affairs for Gaines Street improvements.

October 2002:

An Enterprise Zone is approved that includes the Gaines Street corridor.

December 2002:

The city receives $350,000 to rehabilitate the old city waterworks public-utility building.

May 2004:

The city acquires more than two acres for redevelopment at Railroad Avenue and Gaines Street.

September 2004:

The Florida Department of Management Services begins to make surplus various state properties along the Gaines Street corridor.

November 2004:

The Community Redevelopment Area initiates some landscape improvements on Railroad Avenue.

December 2004:

The city acquires 7.5 acres from CSX and 4.5 acres from the Sallie Trust. The city also approves the sale of property to Finvarb Associates for the building of a Marriott Residence Inn at Railroad Avenue and Gaines Street.

March 2005:

The Florida Department of Transportation proposes to transfer all roadway segments in the Gaines Street corridor over to the city.

2006:

A Gaines Street Implementation Workshop is held in May; in June, the city agrees to go ahead with a two-lane, two-way street arrangement based on the Gaines Street Vitalization Committee’s recommendation. Also in June, the committee votes to recommend a two-way street development option and requests that the city complete a parking analysis in anticipation of future growth along the corridor. The committee also recommends creating an implementation committee to look at all of the existing information and analysis and prepare a final recommendation to the city.

 

Sources: City of Tallahassee; Gaines Street Vitalization Committee; Craig Diamond, special projects manager, Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department

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