Last month, I posted some concerns that I had regarding the Fountain Square project. In the comments, I was contacted by the firm responsible for the redesign. Last Friday I met with Eric Fulford from NINebark, along with Paul Baumgarten of SEND, and they brought renderings of their vision for the project. There’s also a longer PDF of the groups long-term vision (warning, this link is only live for 14 days or 500 downloads). They were gracious enough to let me post the square’s renderings here:
Major features of the project include:
- The creation of crosswalks that are shorter in distance, meaning that pedestrians will be less at-risk than they are currently. Most significantly, the cars going north on Shelby will come to a stop further south, making the crosswalk more prominent and obvious to drivers.
- A smaller left turn from westbound Prospect Street to southbound Shelby, which initially concerned me. However, they are also moving the curb out towards the square on the west side of the street.
- The creation of a public plaza in place of a present-day parking lot. I was previously aware of this part of the project, but it certainly deserves a mention.
Moving back to the PDF of their long term vision, the most exciting aspect for me was the reconfiguration of Woodlawn Avenue along its historic alignment, freeing up a ton of space for new development. It’s a great idea, but until it receives funding, it will remain on the drawing board.
It was great to meet with these gentlemen, and I wish them success.