Approximately 11 years ago, the City of Tallahassee, with input from citizens and business owners, developed the outline for a destination district in the heart of Tallahassee, a connection between the two universities close to downtown that would be the hub of arts and culture in Tallahassee. With this vision in mind, the City adopted the Gaines Street Revitalization Plan. The goal was to create a pedestrian friendly street and improve infrastructure to help develop a destination district that would be home to a blend of commercial, residential and cultural uses.
On December 3, 2014, the City, Leon County and Community Redevelopment Agency celebrated the final milestone of the Gaines Street project with the official lighting of Declaration. This steel and glass sculpture, located in the roundabout at Gaines and Woodward, was created by Master Craftsman Studio and is the exclamation mark on this comprehensive projects.
This project began more than 20 years ago as an idea. To date, this has been the largest sense of place project, and it has raised the bar for how infrastructure improvements are addressed. Gaines Street truly is a destination for our entire community.