Downtown Strategic Plan

The Downtown Strategic Plan will consider the past, present, and future of downtown Gainesville and its surrounding neighborhoods, and strategically outline opportunities, preserve what makes downtown special, and move downtown forward.

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Community Meeting | Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 5 - 7 p.m. on the Bo Diddley Plaza 

Attend our first community meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 27. Stop by anytime between 5-7 p.m. to share your thoughts on downtown’s assets and opportunities.  This is also a great opportunity to voice concerns and ask questions of city staff and the development team.

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Vision 2035 (City Strategic Plan) – Principle 6: An alive/vibrant downtown:

  1. Choice of a variety of residential opportunities – types and price points
  2. Successful locally-owned retail businesses
  3. Destination for 18/7 living, working and experiencing
  4. Equitable development in adjacent neighborhoods
  5. Community gathering places to hangout or to have events and festivals
  6. Well-designed, well-maintained and attractive landscaping and buildings
  7. Additional “mid-rise” mixed-use buildings providing office and residential opportunities
  8. Neighbors and guests feeling safe with a well-lighted downtown
  9. Diverse mix of small locally-owned retail, national retailer and entertainment/unique experienced-based businesses

Who’s Listening

Erik A. Bredfeldt, PhD, AICP
City of Gainesville Economic Development and Innovation Director

Sarit Sela | City Architect, AIA, LEED AP
City of Gainesville Office of Capital Asset Planning & Economic Resilience

MKSK: Urban design and planning firm solving the complex issues of city life for the common good.

Development Strategies: National experts in real estate, economic development and public policy.

eda: Community focused planners, engineers and urban designers. SBE minority owned business with a 40-year commitment to Gainesville.

The Neighbor Advisory Group will be a representative voice of the Gainesville community that will directly guide the process. This group’s members are listed below:

  • > Terri Bailey
  • > Staci-Ann Bertrand
  • > John Fleming
  • > Matt Howland
  • > Jacob Ihde
  • > Adam Livay
  • > Jim O’Connell
  • > Dennayce Mavin
  • > Darcie MacMahon
  • > Sean McLendon
  • > Jeff McMullen
  • > Melissa Montilla
  • > Trevor Schneider
  • > Hoch Shitama
  • > Gigi Simmons
  • > Meg The Losen