The worksheet provided by the National Main Street Program is being used as a guideline for developing the work plan for each committee.
Design Committee Purpose - Getting Apalachicola into top physical shape. Capitalizing on its best assets, such as historic buildings and pedestrian-oriented streets is just part of the story. An inviting atmosphere, created through attractive window displays, parking areas, building improvements, street furniture, signs, sidewalks, and landscaping, conveys a positive visual message about the commercial district and what it has to offer. Design activities also include instilling good maintenance practices in the commercial district, enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging appropriate new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning.
The group created a work plan, noting the importance of small incremental projects and the need to capture all ideas, even if they develop at a later time.
A. Training for the committee was discussed, Jan Thomas will visit High Springs and Stark to see their Main Street programs and will present their observations to the group. Amy and Andrew Friedman will check into other communities and will present to the group as well. Joe will request training from the state on the best practices for the Design Committee.
B. Clean-up Activities will be May 22 and October 02, 2011
C. A design assistance team will be developed consisting, but not limited to, George, Amy and Shirley. This group will be a “peer assistance’ service for fellow business owners. Jan requested to be the first to receive the assistance.
D. Two simple design improvements projects were identified, the Center for History, Culture and Art and potentially Pendelton’s Gas Station. Jeff Squire will be asked if he would like to participate.
E. The group identified the need to take a photo building inventory. Shirley and Jim work with the Economic Restructuring Committee to complete the task.
F. Relating to public amenities and streetscape, the group discussed the CDBG grant that is in the process. The Design Committee was in unanimous support of the project, especially the public restrooms. The group offers to include the maintenance of the restrooms in its work plan, ensuring they stay clean and secure.
G. Maintenance practices for downtown buildings was discussed, the group was sensitive to ensure business/property owners are “supported in what they want to do, not told what to do”.
H. The need for a Design Improvement Plan was agreed upon, George Coon will take on the project, and make some recommendations. The current Design guidelines will be read to see if they include downtown commercial property.
I. The Committee agreed to an inclusive team and recommended we add all interested volunteers.