FAMU Way: Project History
[Photo: Public Works Mobility/Traffic employees Bob Becker (left) and Brian Williams (right) exchange the old Oakland Avenue street-name sign for a new FAMU Way sign.]
Public Meeting - January 16, 2013
The Citizens Advisory Council met on Wednesday, January 16, in City Hall to discuss the progress for FAMU Way. At the meeting, council members heard a presentation from Wood+Partners, Inc., a local firm that specializes in award-winning landscape architecture. Staff from Wood+Partners presented (10MB PDF) the group with the preliminary design themes for the FAMU Way extension. Those design themes, which were brought to the City by students for the Architecture department at Florida A&M University, included:
- elements of water;
- color, vibrancy and playfulness;
- history and heritage; and
- redevelopment and activity.
Oakland Avenue Renaming
On September 25, a citizen-championed vision was realized when the one-block section of Oakland Avenue located between South Monroe and South Adams streets officially became FAMU Way. Public Works crews with the City of Tallahassee installed the new signage less than one month after the City Commission voted to approve the street renaming. The decision came after Dr. Charles "C.U." Smith, retired Florida A&M University professor, civil rights activist and author, expressed the need to give FAMU Way a presence on a major city thoroughfare.
With the new street signs in place at South Monroe Street, FAMU Way will extend all the way to Lake Bradford Road when the extension project is complete in 2015. Construction is scheduled to begin next year.
Public Meeting - March 15, 2012
Public Meeting - May 25, 2011
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This page includes information about project progress, including past public meetings, citizen surveys, and so on. For other information, you may also want to see the pages linked in the left-hand menu, and the FAMU Way project home page.