New Gateway Concepts Shared for Town and Rich Streets in Franklinton
When the plan to convert Town and Rich Streets in Franklinton into two-way streets was first announced last fall, city leaders stressed that a key element was the installation of new “gateway” features designed to welcome vistors to the neighborhood and to connect East Franklinton with the Scioto Peninsula.
The city (along with consultants MKSK and Resource International) held an open house last week to unveil concepts for the artwork on Town and Rich as well as a design for new street lights and a plan to improve the looks of the railroad embankment that serves as the eastern boundary to the neighborhood.
The artists selected for the project, Candace Black and Virginia Kistler, developed a concept for Rich Street that features rust-colored arches over each sidewalk with matching tree cages. Town Street would see more abstract forms extending partially over the street. Both installations would be lit at night.
Franklinton Area Commission Chair Judy Box said that she and her fellow commissioners were “wowed by the proposals.”
Vice Chair Matt Egner shared her enthusiasm:
“We are all excited to see these installation come to life. We feel that the gateways officially re-connect central Ohio’s first development to its downtown Columbus neighbors. The proposed designs reflect on the history and geography of the area. Franklinton welcomes visitors to the growing Arts area centered at 400 West Rich, new homeowners and eagerly awaits the coming development efforts.”
More information on the Town and Rich Street Corridor Enhancements can be found on the city’s website.
Renderings via MKSK and Resource International.