The City of Decatur commissioned JPR to assist them in the development of streetscape improvements to 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.
An important aspect was to incorporate 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 the City. Some of the sculptures are proposed to have dual 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 expressive design of Madison Street; it incorporated unit pavers flowing throughout the streetscape, while still respecting the historic influence of the downtown area and the nearby courthouse. This artistic design helped designate the importance of the corridor as not only a streetscape, but also an event plaza. Deliberate thought was put into the location and selection of trees, lights, and other site amenities to not constrain the use of the streetscape for festivals held throughout the year. Each festival has a variety of needs that may include requests such as open space or an anchoring system for large tents to accommodate the frequent concerts that will occur at this section of Madison Street.
The streetscape concept also incorporated design needs for the future development of an adjacent property the City of Decatur had planned. JPR worked with the City to create a streetscape design that is being utilized to seek a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) for streetscape projects.