GOALS OF STREETSCAPE, PHASE I
1. Universal and Distinct Design
2. Expressing Boro Personality
3. Greening Our Downtown
4. Establishing Sense of Place
After presenting the vision earlier this year, the first phase of the Downtown Streetscape Revitalization will begin. This project, using Federal Housing and Community Development funding, will provide for a modern, beautiful, friendly and inviting vision for the Downtown. You may have noticed that in the middle of the summer, the borough removed overgrown and mismatched trees, many of which were crowding the Borough’s electrical lines and obscuring the view of our historical buildings and business storefronts. Fear not though, trees in our downtown will return! As you might have noticed on a stroll downtown, many of the pavers around downtown were displaced, unlevel or being pushed up, a result of these tree roots causing safety concerns on our sidewalk. The vision of the downtown will include replacing these pavers with stamped concrete, which is an improvement that will also require less long-term maintenance. However, we do not wish to see these sidewalks pushed up again by future tree roots, so we believe we have a creative solution.
Part of the revitalization includes the installation of new tree planters that will contain façade trees and other greenery that accentuates our business district. While the stamped concrete cannot be completed until the weather breaks next spring, the planters and “temporary” trees will be coming this fall. We’ve asked the Environmental/Shade Tree Commission to identify a permanent home for the 40 evergreens that will be residing in our downtown until we can plant more permanent deciduous trees next spring.
An overarching goal of the project is to create a consistent and unified personality in our downtown in order to create a stronger sense of place. To meet this goal, we are selecting items that fit into a singular design scheme, choosing a modern, yet mature, black and maroon to provide an inviting Downtown environment that helps keep existing businesses and attract new ones. Tree grates will be powder coated in black. New black handicap railings will also be installed at certain crosswalk ramps. A single type of trash receptacle and planter will carry this black theme along the entire way. These items will occasionally carry maroon accents to carry that personality throughout. In addition, we see installation of new banners on utility poles and maroon, “old-style” street signs. Look for most of these updates this fall.
And we’re not done. We’ll have more updates as the second phase takes shape in the spring.
Updates on this exciting project are available at srboro.org.