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[MONTICELLO] – The Village of Monticello recently installed several new wayfinding signs in and around the downtown business district – in time for the holiday season. The new signs are designed to help visitors and residents navigate to three public parking lots just off of Broadway.
The attractive new signs were funded entirely as a result of a federal grant secured by Sullivan Renaissance through former Congressman Maurice Hinchey. The signs compliment several streetscape amenities including street lamps, benches and banners.
“One big complaint after New York State DOT did its Broadway reconstruction project was the lack of parking,” said Mayor Gordon Jenkins. “The village actually has more parking than people think, but it is located in parking lots behind Broadway and not everyone knows they are there. That’s why we thought putting in better signage was a good idea.”
In 2011, Sullivan Renaissance provided the Village of Monticello with a technical assistance grant of $2,500 to hire Two Twelve, a Manhattan-based design firm that specializes in way-finding signage systems for large cities, universities and hospitals. Two-Twelve’s principal David Gibson (a part-time resident of Liberty) created several design options. With input from the mayor and village board, a final design was selected that identifies each lot with a separate color and name.
The project was put out to bid late last year, and Visual Graphics Systems of Carlstadt, NJ was hired to produce the signs. With fabrication complete, the Monticello Department of Public Works (DPW) installed a total of 17 vehicular and pedestrian signs on December 4 at various locations.
“Our guys did all of the concrete work and provided donated labor toward this project, which helped keep the costs down. They did a great job,” said Monticello DPW Superintendent Jim Steinberg.
“We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Village of Monticello on beautification projects in the downtown,” said Sullivan Renaissance Community Planner Helen Budrock. “New lighting was recently installed in Joe’s Park and one of the alleys that connect Broadway to public parking along North Street, and additional improvements in these areas will be made in the coming months.”
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. For more information about its programs, call 845-295-2442.