Downtown Gainesville combines the best of the city’s southern charm and modern sophistication. The district offers abundant traditional downtown features such as historic architecture, cobblestone streets, public plazas, old-fashioned storefronts, and a pedestrian-friendly street grid. However it also provides an eclectic array of cafes, restaurants, art and theater venues, clothing stores, cycling shops, salons, and exciting nightlife destinations. Conveniently located in-town neighborhoods, such as the Porters community, provide an important residential base for the redevelopment area. Additionally, large-scale redevelopment opportunities at the soon-to-be-vacated GRU site promise to enhance downtown and further establish its status as a local and regional destination center through residential development, business attraction, and retention.

Detailed Map DRAB Community Redevelopment Plan

Key Projects Underway

Completed Projects

Citizen Advisory Board Members

  • Board Member
  • Date of Appointment
  • Term Expiration
  • Gracie Castine
  • 05/16/2016
  • 06/20/2019
  • Janie Williams
  • 07/17/2017
  • 06/15/2020
  • Dug Jones
  • 07/17/2017
  • 07/15/2020
  • vacant
  • vacant
  • Lane Abraben, chair
  • 05/16/2016
  • 06/20/2019
  • Adam Bass
  • 06/19/2017
  • 06/15/2020

Scheduled Meeting Time for Area Meetings

The Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board meets the 2nd Thursday, every other month at 8:30 a.m. in the GRU Multipurpose Room, 301 SE 4th Ave, Gainesville, Florida 32601.

FY2018 Downtown Amendatory Budget (10/1/17 - 9/30/18)

  • Revenues


  • Community Initiatives


  • Prior Investments


  • Salary and Benefits


  • Operating Expenses