Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Championed by a "Sanford Matters" campaign conducted by Downtown Sanford, Inc. and the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, funding for the $6.7 million project was secured through a bond referendum, which voters approved in 2013. The downtown core while viable had been in a holding pattern due to the deferred maintenance of its infrastructure; private investors were reluctant to invest in a downtown that had been neglected by the public sector for so long. By making public improvements, it was felt that a conducive environment for economic redevelopment would be established as well as increase the opportunities for the arts to thrive by creating a learning and cultural landscape. The project area encompassed most of the Downtown Sanford Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These properties enjoy the unique opportunity to be restored using both federal and state tax credits, giving private developers one more tool for the toolbox to help reinvigorate downtown. Construction on the streetscape began in May 2015 and finished in October 2016. Designed by McGill Associates, a multi-disciplinary consulting, engineering, and landscape architecture firm, the plans included decorative asphalt, mast arm traffic signals, underground utilities, curbs of real Almost all of the Downtown Sanford Historic District, which with nearly 100 historic properties, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, benefitted from the stamped asphalt crosswalks, granite curbs and brick-banded sidewalks that were specified throughout. 88 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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