Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2014

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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38 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Today, the streets of downtown Eustis have been rebuilt with about 90,000 square feet of new surfacing. The two-way streets include parallel parking, wider sidewalks, flush curb pedestrian crossings, art, and a healthy tree canopy. The project was only feasible with a long-term relationship between the city planners, the design team and the public. This relationship helped many people overcome their fears of change and allowed them to become familiar with the design principles and get behind the renovations. No businesses were lost during construction, and the retailing environment is much more healthy than before. These improvements helped foster a rich and vibrant space for future retailers to open businesses and attract visitors to the downtown. Outages of water, electric, gas, and communication utilities were scheduled at times convenient for the businesses, and the utilities were re-sited underground to hide the unsightly aboveground and overhead installations. Also, a weekly marketing piece was distributed by the city, the Lake Eustis Area Chamber of Commerce, Eustis Main Street and the Daily Commercial. The Eustis community was well Top, Left and Right LED post top streetlights illuminate the streets downtown, while ambient light spills onto the sidewalks. A historic clock stands at the corner and marks a key intersection downtown. Utility outages were scheduled at convenient times for businesses, and the utilities were moved underground to eliminate unsightly aboveground and overhead installations. Bottom Left Minimizing disturbance to the town's businesses was extremely important, so the team mapped out a plan to rebuild one street section at a time. This plan was well received among the business community, and allowed the shops to be shut down only for a short amount of time. Bottom Right Before construction began, the downtown area was comprised of narrow sidewalks, dying trees, angled parking, overhead utilities, poor lighting, ADA accessibility issues, poor storefront visibility from the street and pedestrian safety concerns. The streets, while quaint, were also constrained for shoppers by challenging one‐way access. Before (Continued on page 40)

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