Many thanks to the CDC for their generous support of the Streetscape project.
Ashtabula Downtown Development Association President Josephine Misener (center) thanks Ashtabula Foundation President Cheryle J. Chiaramonte (left) and Julene Schwarz (right) for their efforts in making the mural on the Ashtabula Parking Garage a reality. The Ashtabula Foundation provided a grant and Schwarz created the mural.
Public Mural Project aims to brighten Main Avenue!
In 2013 the ADDA conducted a survey, and from the results formulated The ADDA Action Plan, a set of goals for the revitalization and enhancement of the downtown area. One of the three top priorities included: "the appearance/beautification of Main Avenue."
Later that year, the ADDA commissioned McKnight and Associates to do a Streetscape Plan for Downtown Ashtabula. Based on input from subsequent ADDA surveys and meetings with the public and downtown merchants, a comprehensive plan was developed. The Streetscape was formally approved by the Ashtabula City Council, and the ADDA has been working to implement various aspects of the plan.
Key to moving the plan forward is obtaining necessary funding. ADDA is honored to have been selected by the Ashtabula County Civic Development Corporation (CDC) as one of their 2015 campaign projects! Identified under the "Beautification of Key Transit Areas" category of the campaign, the funds will help to implement the Streetscape Plan. We are extremely grateful to the CDC for their support.
You can view the Streetscape Plan here.
In the meantime, we will continue to work on projects and activities that will enhance the downtown area. A pallet of colors reflective of the architecture of many of our downtown buildings was formulated. We present this pallet as a guide for selection of colors by merchants and building owners when they perform upgardes to their properties. The use of these consistent colors will help to unify and brand our downtown environment.
You can view the Downtown Ashtabula Exterior Color Guide here.