|Downtown Public Plazas|
Location: NW and SW corners of 5th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue
Project Description: The Downtown Master Plan calls for the creation of public plazas at the northwest and southwest corners of Atlantic and West 5th Avenue to emphasize the prominence of the 5th Avenue corridor, as well as to provide public space for community interaction. Removing some of the landscaping adjacent to the Fire Station property will create the northwest corridor plaza. A design for the northwest corridor was prepared by engineering consultants CH2MHill in conjunction with the 5th Avenue streetscape.
The southwest corridor plaza required the acquisition of a privately owned property, and was completed in June 2010. The West Atlantic Public Plaza includes an open area designed with a mixture of pervious paver and terrazzo bricks, landscaping, a trellis structure, and decorative lighting. It also has a platform stage covered by a shade sail canopy that can accommodate a variety of live performances, and benches to provide seating. The CRA invested approximately $300,000 into the plaza's construction and design. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on June 24, 2010, in conjunction with Art & Jazz on the Avenue.
The CRA allocated an additional $15,000 to include a public art feature at the plaza. In November 2010, the CRA issued a call to artist to solicit proposals from qualified artists. Visual artist Cheryl Foster was selected to design and fabricated the art component. The final piece was installed in June 2012 and was commemorated with an unveiling ceremony. View photos of the final art installation and unveiling ceremony on our Facebook page .
|US 1 Corridor Project|
|Downtown Bypass System Conversion|
|West Atlantic Avenue Beautification|
|Old School Square Expansion|
|Library and Parking Garage|
|La France Apartments|
|NW/SW 5th Avenue Street Improvements|
|A-1-A Sidewalk Widening|
|Tennis Center Infill Development|
|East Atlantic Avenue Median Installation|
|Shared Public/Private Parking Garage|
|Swinton Ave. Traffic Calming|