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 10, 2019
Initial EDA meeting with Frazier and Associates to introduce Wayfinding goals, intention, and impact
First survey with EDA members on Wayfinding
September 10, 2019
The second survey with an interest group, Planning Commission, VPIS, Recreation and Parks, and Chamber of Commerce and EDA represented. The group identifies sign program criteria.
September 11, 2019
Public Survey, posted in News Flash section of website and weekly newsletter under Top News #3 on Facebook.
27 anonymous responses
October 7-October 24, 2019
EDA Meeting, first design draft feedback with Frazier and Associates
November 5, 2019
Frazier and Associates produce survey summary from all public and EDA meetings/feedback
November 7, 2019
EDA meeting, Frazier re-design feedback
December 3, 2019
Frazier public presentation and discussion on programming and design
March 3, 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. Click here for the Minutes.
EDA was refunded $510,000 for COVID small business grants, allowing them the ability to fund the entire Wayfinding program
October 26, 2020
EDA discussed funding the entire Wayfinding program but asked for additional technical details before officially approving: Click here for the Minutes
October 6, 2020
EDA voted to approve to fund the entire Wayfinding program, upon receiving the refund and more information from the consultants. Click here for the Minutes.
November 10, 2020
EDA was presented with the next steps and discussed putting out the wayfinding bid with help from purchasing staff: Click here for the Minutes.
December 1, 2020
The bid was released and awarded.
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.