Special Projects Division
The Community Development Department also conducts studies and administers special projects related to growth and land development. Various special projects the Department is currently working on or have implemented are listed here. For additional information regarding Special Projects listed, please contact Jessica Tullar, Special Projects Manager or Rusty Ligon, Director of Community Development, via email or by calling (770) 531-6570.
The City of Gainesville has been working since 2000 to redevelop a unique section of the city, known as Midtown. Development concepts include renovating the historic railroad depot, establishing an entertainment district, converting the CSX rail line into a greenway, installing streetscaping along key streets, providing mixed-income housing, and protecting some of the area's valuable historic resources.
A public investment the City is implementing for the Midtown area is the conversion of the CSX rail line into a greenway and the building of a park. This greenway in Midtown will improve the aesthetics of the area and will provide an alternative mode of transportation, recreational opportunities, and pedestrian connections to the downtown square, the Elachee trail system, and the Rock Creek Greenway.
Special Financing Tools
Tax Allocation Districts (TADs)
The City of Gainesville has one Tax Allocation District (click here for map), that has been established for the Downtown and Midtown areas. The TAD is an economic development mechanism available to local governments to finance public infrastructure improvements as a way to enable private development in a designated area. TADs serve as a powerful economic incentive to encourage development in projects that likely would not happen without the incentive. For more information on TADs, please contact Jessica Tullar or Rusty Ligon.
TADs, which are targeted to areas needing redevelopment, reinvest property taxes from a new development back into the project to attract redevelopment. In simple terms, the increased property taxes that would be generated by a development's improvements are temporarily used to fund those improvements. Once the improvements are paid for, a development's taxes are then distributed traditionally.
Similar to the TAD for the Downtown and Midtown Gainesville, the City has established an Opportunity Zone to promote job growth for the same area. An opportunity Zone can be established in certain older commercial and industrial areas. In these designated areas, new jobs that are created can now qualify for the State's maximum state job tax credit of $3,500 per job. The incentive which is available for new or existing businesses which create two or more jobs are credits which can be taken against the business's income tax liability and state payroll withholding. The credits are available for areas designated by DCA as "Opportunity Zones". For more information, please contact Jessica Tullar or Rusty Ligon.