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June 18, 2013

Downtown entrance improvements under development

MILLEDGEVILLE — The City of Milledgeville anxiously awaits the final gateway project recommendations after the 10-week pilot Georgia Downtown Renaissance Fellows program concludes. The city wants more appealing signage and other improvements to draw people downtown.

Milledgeville, along with Porterdale and Gainesville, was selected last April as a candidate for services such as downtown corridor entrance design and green space planning. The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), in partnership with the Georgia Cities Foundation (GCF) and the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government, developed the program sending an undergraduate landscape architecture student from UGA's College of Environment & Design to work with each of the three pilot cities for a 10-week period during the summer of 2013.

The intern, Quynh Pham, started her Milledgeville stint May 20. Pham was selected to work with Institute of Government faculty and Milledgeville city leaders to provide technical expertise.

Pham partners weekly with the downtown development office to help design distinctive gateways into the city of Milledgeville. 

Carlee Schulte, director of Milledgeville's Main Street/Downtown Development Authority, drove the landscape architect fellow around Hancock, Wayne, Elbert, Columbia and Jefferson Streets. Pham also took photos of Baldwin County welcome signs that could use a little sprucing up.

Creating uniform city and county signage is a workable portion of the program.

Pham is also working on a downtown enrichment program, embellishing a tunnel that connects downtown businesses to parking and will analyze landscape designs to improve the appeal of street medians and other public spaces.

The pedestrian entrance leading downtown visitors from the parking deck between the Campus Theatre and Digital Bridges is being scoped out.

“We can make that look better as a pedestrian entrance,” Schulte said. “It's long term planning.”

Reviewing the design and feasibility remains a major point. The projects cost and whether or not the roads owned by the Georgia Department of Transportation would allow certain improvements must be considered.

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