The proposed streetscape revitalization project for the City of Auburn – located in the heart of the downtown area – included two blocks of 6th Street, from Cedar to Jackson, and two blocks of Main Street, from 7th to 5th. The focus of these improvements was to provide the community with pedestrian-friendly streetscape environments, which in turn will increase public awareness and interest in adjoining businesses.
Street corridor improvements were proposed to include new sidewalk paving – utilizing a combination of concrete and colorized pavers. These paving materials, used within the intersection and pedestrian crosswalks of 6th and Main, were designed to break up the space with both patterns and banding. New vintage style pedestrian-scale streetlights replaced the existing cobra-head lights that were mounted on wooden utility poles. The new light poles offer brackets for festival banners and electrical outlets for holiday decorations. Sign poles and sign frames are an ornamental construction to fit the overall theme of the design. New benches, bike racks, and trash receptacles were also installed.
Screened enclosures were included for several trash dumpsters located along 6th Street, and curbed planter islands for street trees and decorative plantings were installed. The street tree varieties were carefully selected and placed within the sidewalk-zone to allow for uninterrupted sightlines for motorists and clear visibility of store fronts.
JPR worked with the City of Auburn to create a design that was utilized to obtain a $500,000 grant from the Indiana Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) for streetscape projects.