The City of Lincoln today announced a new partnership with the Downtown Lincoln Rotary Club to develop design guidelines for entryways into the city. The first phase, a design study for the Interstate 80 corridor from North 14th to North 27th streets, was presented to the City Council this morning.
"We want to give visitors to our city a good first impression," said Mayor Don Wesely. "On behalf of the whole community, I want to thank the Downtown Rotary Club for its investment in this project. We hope it will spur other individuals and civic and community groups to get involved." Wesely also commended City Council member Jeff Fortenberry for his leadership and work on the project.
The Downtown Rotary Club has committed to partially finance the study. The Club's past civic involvement has included the paving of 16th Street from "O" Street to the State Fairgrounds, the building of Lincoln General Hospital and the donation of the Seniors Park in Antelope Park.
"Our Club is celebrating its 90th anniversary, and for all those decades, one of our aims has been to support Lincoln and its people," said U.S. Circuit Court Judge Arlen Beam, president-elect of the Downtown Rotary Club. "We've been watching this particular project and believe it will have lasting value to the city."
The plan was prepared by Erickson Sullivan Architects and Kim Todd, Landscape Architect. It proposes: * the development of building design guidelines along entry corridors; * the development of special sign standards for those areas; * the development of new landscape and screening standards; * close cooperation with the Nebraska Department of Roads to identify opportunities for enhancements in the public rights of way; and * close cooperation with landowners and developers in the corridors to seek excellence of design wherever possible.
"This entryways initiative is similar in intent to the billboard initiative recently adopted by the city," Wesely said. "Both are working to improve the visual attractiveness of our community."