Timeline: Gaines Street Revitalization

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


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.


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


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.


The Gaines Street Study Group is convened.


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.


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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