New street signs to revamp look of College Hill Corridor

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Say goodbye to those worn down signs that are posted around Tattnall Square Park, because the College Hill Alliance is plotting to do some much needed redecorating.
The College Hill Alliance in conjunction with the College Hill Corridor Commission has been working on a project with local graphic designers and the city to redesign some of the outdated signs around the corridor and to select more visible locations for the signs.
“The idea behind the signage plan is to let people know that they are in the Corridor and let them know how to get to other places within the corridor,” explained Nadia Osman, Director of Communication and Outreach for the College Hill Alliance.
They are planning on replacing some of the signs due to many of them falling apart and hoping to add “directional signage also called wayfaring signage to help guide people thru the corridor and direct them to downtown areas,” Osman said.
College Hill Alliance has held community meetings to gather feedback from the community about the project and will be continuing to hold these forums in the future. “There will be many more meetings with the people and the commission, and eventually we will have to have the plan approved by the city council,” Osman said.
In the meantime, the alliance has some ideas to begin exploring. “We are thinking about starting at Mercer Village because there is no direction that helps to lead others to connect with downtown and other areas such as Washington Square Park,” Osman said.
This signage revitalization plan is still in the design and planning stages, but they are applying for funding and hoping to begin implementing the work sometime next year.
Along with the plans to revamp the signage around the corridor, the College Hill Alliance is involved in various community rebuilding programs and has big plans for what they want to try to implement in the corridor.
“We try to focus on the motto live, work and play,” expressed Osman. Their goal is to revamp the community by revitalizing neighborhoods with Historic Hills and Heights, bringing in new businesses or hosting public events such as Second Sunday’s and the big screen movie nights for citizens.
This week the College Hill Alliance held a meeting advertised as the “College Hill: A Report to the Community” at the Cox Capital Theater, where they presented a summary of the work that has been done from 2009-2011 in a 16 page report that will be featured in the Macon Magazine.
They also unveiled a video that will be available soon on the College Hill Alliance website.
“Our specific focus was on talking about what the College Hill Alliance has done and the Knight Neighborhood Challenge,” said Osman, which has aided in the beginning process of renovations to revitalize the Tattnall Square Park area.
The College Hill Alliance urges citizens to stay involved in the community. “It does not take much to volunteer or come to an event. This all started with Mercer students. This has been a community grassroots effort and we want to keep it that way,” Osman said.
To find out more information about the next community meetings or events, stay tuned to the College Hill Alliance website.

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