The sign design and locations were identified through 12 public meetings, two public surveys, and guided by sign criteria that were set by an interest group of Boards and Commissions and local advocates at public meetings in Fall 2019. Below is an outline of the public meeting process and minutes related to this project:
Tour of the City with Frazier and Associates
September 10th, 2019
Initial EDA meeting with Frazier and Associates to introduce Wayfinding goals, intention, and impact
First survey with EDA members on Wayfinding
September 10th, 2019
The second survey with an interest group, Planning Commission, VPIS, Parks and Recreation, and Chamber of Commerce and EDA represented. The group identifies sign program criteria.
September 11th, 2019
Public Survey, posted in News Flash section of website and weekly newsletter under Top News #3 on Facebook
27 anonymous responses
October 7th-October 24th, 2019
EDA Meeting, first design draft feedback with Frazier and Associates
November 5th , 2019
Frazier and Associates produce survey summary from all public and EDA meetings/feedback
November 7th , 2019
EDA meeting, Frazier re-design feedback
December 3rd, 2019
Frazier public presentation and discussion on programming and design
March 3rd , 2020
Frazier and Associates presented the option to fund the program in phases because the EDA could not fund the entire program, in light of the $500,000 spent on COVID small business grant funds.
EDA voted to move forward in phases, contingent on a presentation to City Council asking them to fund the second phase.
Several different signs types and locations were proposed:
Primary Gateway Signs (4x), placed at or near East Broad Street (coming from Seven Corners), N Washington Street (coming from Arlington County), S Washington Street (coming from Fairfax County), and West Broad Street (coming from Fairfax County).
Secondary Gateway Signs (5x), placed at or near South West Street (coming from Fairfax County), Annandale Road (coming from Fairfax County), Hillwood Avenue (coming from Fairfax County), and Roosevelt Boulevard (coming from both Seven Corners and East Falls Church Metro).
Primary and proximity destination signage, specifically for the Eden Center, Downtown area, City Hall campus (including City Hall, Community Center, Library, and Farmers Market), and State Theater.
Public parking signs.
While the program cannot add any additional vehicular directional wayfinding signage (sign T1 in the above sign design), the sign designs can be used for additional public parking (signs P3 and P4) and site identification signage.