MILLEDGEVILLE — The City of Milledgeville anxiously awaited the final gateway project recommendations after the 10-week pilot Georgia Downtown Renaissance Fellows program concluded this July. City Council saw the results during Tuesday's work session.
Milledgeville was selected last April as a pilot 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 three select cities this summer.
The intern, Quynh Pham, started her Milledgeville stint May 20. Pham worked with Institute of Government faculty and Milledgeville city leaders to provide technical expertise.
Pham partnered weekly with the downtown development office to help design distinctive gateways into the city using more appealing signage and other improvements to draw people downtown.
Her extensive research and applicable projects impressed Council Tuesday.
“I really enjoyed working with Milledgeville. It has a lot of historical value and character. A lot of the work I did, I wanted to maintain that character,” Pham said.
She opened Tuesday's presentation with attractive entranceway signs for East Hancock and South Wayne Streets.
Repainting, logos and ornamental grasses additions would add interest giving Milledgeville a defined character, according to Pham.
“That way it doesn't cost too much to maintain it, and it's attractive,” the aspiring landscape architect said.
The structural catwalk on West Broad Street is a hot topic.
Pham suggested removing the rusted fencing for a cleaner look, painting and vegetation if the structure was closed to pedestrians.
If it remained open, other options are giving an aesthetically pleasing bridge inspired by New York City designs.
Carlee Schulte, director of Milledgeville's Main Street/Downtown Development Authority, said the Georgia Department of Transportation said the city could move forward with catwalk projects.