Georgetown council to hear group's signage ideas

Navigating downtown Georgetown could soon get a lot easier.

City Council members will hear the results today of an $85,000 signage and navigation study that's been in the works since November when a team from Corbin Design visited the area. That visit and others helped the team come up with their ideas for signage around the city.

Besides name and directional information, new dark blue signs feature iconic Georgetown images, like the clock tower and a ship, with white and gold accent colors.

Some of those designs come from the city's charette project last year in which stakeholders developed a design philosophy for the city. But the kinds of signs that were needed and where to put them were up to Corbin staff.

There will be several large signs placed at what Jeff Frank, the senior designer, called "gateways" to the Historic Waterfront area.

"Those locations are based on the point of decision," Frank said.

The largest gateway sign will go at the corner of Fraser and Front streets, and secondary gateways will be placed at other key locations, such as the corner of U.S. 17 and Broad Street, said Frank.

Once visitors find their way to the waterfront, several signs will direct them to free parking and point out the key places to visit, including the Harborwalk or the Rice Museum.

There are also information kiosks with maps of downtown planned for the key pedestrian intersections, like Screven and Front streets.

If the council approves the design at its meeting today, Corbin will seek bids for the manufacturing of the signs, said project manager Heidi Jones.

She said the City Council would then approve the company who would manufacture and install the signs.

"We hope to have the system implemented by the end of June," Jones said.

Besides approval of the Wayfinding project, council will also consider a request for $11,000 more for the Harborwalk renovation.

Construction company M.B. Khan is requesting the additional money for repairs to rails and posts.

The project had a budget of $600,000, and if these additions are approved the project will be at about $571,000.