The following comes from one of our faithful readers about the long talked about wayfinding program. I attended one of the early meetings on this.
Kathleen Beeton (City Planning and Zoning) provided a power point presentation regarding the Wayfinding initiative, emphasizing the Phase One implementation program. The objective is to incur consistency by replacing multiple sign efforts with one coordinated streamlined system.
Phase One will provide signage in the King Street corridor with five districts identified (the Metro, Core, Washington Street, Market Square and Waterfront districts). Directional signs and kiosks are included in the program. Throughout Alexandria, eight areas beyond Old Town have been identified, including Carlisle, Del Ray, Parker Gray, Potomac Yards and the West End.
Signs will be unique and color coded for community services, park signs and historic sites. A “Heritage Trail” will be identified. There will be “gateways,” directional and parking signs. The future schedule is for Phase One review by the Planning Commission on April 7 and by the City Council on April 27.
Between April and June designs will be finalized and work started on the sign guidelines manual. Bids for the work will be solicited in the early fall of this year. Katy Cannady urged the planners to add the Rosemont neighborhood to the signage. Ms. Beeton said that at present they were using signage to designate districts, nor neighborhoods.
Ms. Cannady also commented about the sandwich board signs now in use, but Ms. Beeton said there are plans to extend the sandwich board program through the summer. Joanne LePanto asked if the program would result in a reduction in the total number of signs but an answer was not immediately available.
(H/T Reader Jorge)