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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stone, outdoor gathering spaces, curb-extensions for traffic control, improved parking facilities, decorative solid waste receptacles and benches, and the planting of new urban friendly street trees. More than 145 trees were planted to establish urban canopies that provide shade without blocking storefronts. The economic results spurred by the streetscape improvements were almost immediate as several investors purchased and/or renovated several vacant buildings, including Duke Lifepoint Hospital for administrative offices, Sanford's first microbrewery, and a 20,000-square-foot mixed use building with apartments on the 2nd floor and retail/office space on the 1st floor. While these were certainly the largest, it wasn't the only investment spurred or at least pushed along by our streetscape project; additionally, downtown Sanford saw an upswing in small business owners reinvesting in themselves including more than 10 facade improvements and 6 building rehabs. The streetscape upgrades also lent themselves as a canvas to several public art improvements. Spearheaded by City of Sanford Appearance Commission, 4 historic murals have been painted since the streetscape's completion. The renovated Charlie Watson Lane, a mid-block alley along Cracked and uneven sidewalks planted with extensive plant materials were redone with stained concrete sidewalks and evenly spaced trees in tree grates. Areas deemed unsafe due to lack of lighting now have pedestrian traffic at night thanks to the period light posts that were installed. August 2018 89

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