DECATUR STREETSCAPE

      LOCATION: Decatur, Indiana
      BUDGET: $830,000
      CLIENT CONTACT: Melissa Norby
      PROJECT MANAGER: Kevin McCrory

The City of Decatur commissioned Jones Petrie Rafinski (JPR) to assist them in the development of streetscape improvements in their downtown, specifically an area focused around Madison and 2nd Streets. JPR utilized input gathered from multiple meetings with the City of Decatur, Decatur Main Street Committee, and public meetings to create a design that reflected Decatur’s rich artistic heritage while also meeting the needs of the community.

One important element of the design was incorporating opportunities for sculptural elements to be displayed in prominent areas within the streetscape design. The sculptural elements would then be included in the popular Sculpture Tour that occurs annually in Decatur. Some of the sculptures are even proposed to have duel functions serving as barriers to prevent vehicles from entering the streetscape during festivals and events.

Decatur’s artistic heritage played a major influence in the artistic design of Madison Street that incorporated unit pavers flowing throughout the streetscape, while still respecting the historic influence of the downtown area and the nearby courthouse. This artistic design of Madison Street helped designate the importance of this corridor as not only a streetscape, but an event plaza. Deliberate thought was put into the location and selection of trees, lights, and other site amenities to not prohibit the use of the streetscape for the festivals held throughout the year. Each festival will have a variety of needs, from a need for open space and anchoring systems for large tents to needs to accommodate the frequent concerts that will occur on this section of Madison Street.

The streetscape design also incorporated the design needs for the future development the City of Decatur had planned for one of the adjacent properties.

JPR worked with the City of Decatur to create a streetscape design that is being utilized to seek a grant from the Indiana Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) for streetscape projects.


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