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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Downtown's main corridor, Steele Street, provides the perfect backdrop for events, such as the kid centric "Art in the Alley," a bi-annual event promoting the arts to Sanford youth. On Moore Street, a road that overlooks Depot Park, three pergolas were installed with metal porch swings so that downtown patrons could sit back, enjoy the view and relax. As part of the upgrades to the electrical services, large panel boxes were positioned at strategic locations throughout downtown that had the capacity to handle the needs for special events such as music concerts and food truck rodeos. To complement the streetscape efforts, the city also recently installed way finding signs, directing natives and visitors alike to downtown points of interest as well as off-street parking locations. Left: The city of Sanford reports that since the completion of the downtown transformation, private investments to improve exisiting businesses have neared $500,000 and property that held little interest prior to the project are now attractive to outside backers: many of them having already been purchased for redevelopment. Right: The improvements provided the impetus for the creation of many events such as "Art in the Alley" where local residents gather on Steele Street, the area's main thoroughfare, to express creativity. Right: Gathering spaces with seat walls were a key part of the overall design. Of the more than 145 trees that were planted around the downtown, the species included : Zelkova serrata 'Green Vase', Sugar Maple, Flowering Cherry, Chinese Pistache, Gingko, and Thornless Honey Locust 'Shademaster'. Each block was designated with a different tree in order to create identifiable street corridors as well as avoid disease that would spread rapidly if only one type of tree was planted. 90 Landscape Architect and Specifier News To say that the streetscape project has been a success is an understatement; it has been recognized statewide and become a model for other communities. The project was awarded the 2017 Best Outdoor Space Improvement by the North Carolina Main Street Center and a 2016 Outstanding Project Award by the North Carolina Urban Forest Council. Plans are underway to add additional off- street parking and improve connectivity to other parts of downtown and surrounding neighborhoods by possibly adding some bike lanes to existing streets and installing a greenway along a creek that runs to city hall and eventually to the Deep River, the northern border of Lee County. Downtown Sanford, Inc. will soon start a rebranding campaign to capture on the momentum of the redevelopment of the area. The sky is the limit for downtown Sanford, fireworks and all.

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