City’s wayfinding system samples now in place
Elyssa Parnell Staff Writer
NEWBERRY — The City of Newberry has now placed several samples for their new wayfinding system throughout downtown Newberry.
The official meeting discussing the system was held in September to gather feedback from Newberry residents.
Currently there is signage at Main and Winnsboro roads, the intersection of College and Main streets, the Friend Street parking lot, the intersection of Main and Coates streets, and in front of Long’s Drugs on Main Street, according to public works director Mac Bartley.
Assistant City Manager Matt DeWitt said the wayfinding signs that are placed are to scale, the purpose being for the community to deliver feedback as to whether they agree with the sizes of each signs, whether too large or too small. Only some of the many signs are currently placed. Others will follow after this trial period.
Rodger Motiska of Rodger Motiska Design Inc. has worked with the city for the proposed system and hopes to make it easier for visitors to better find their way downtown.
“We want to convey a brand identity,” Motiska said at the September meeting.
DeWitt said there was a lot of positive feedback at their informational meeting a few months ago, and a collective design of the samples that are currently placed was developed from the three samples given at that meeting.
The wayfinding signs will stay up for about a two week period, for the community to get used to the types of signage that would help navigate throughout Newberry.During this time, comments, questions, and concerns can be voiced by stopping by City Hall or calling 321-1000 and speaking to DeWitt.
DeWitt also wants the community to know that the current signs are not near the quality of the permanent signs that will be put in place for the future. The current samples are just to give the community an idea of what is to come.
Following the feedback period, Bartley said the signs will be put on a fabrication schedule for bids, which will be taken to City Manager Al Harvey, then to City Council for approval.
Rodger Motiska Design Inc. would be helping to install the wayfinding system.
“We are very excited to be unveiling the look for a new wayfinding system in downtown Newberry,” DeWitt said. “We look forward to hearing the community’s feedback on the samples we have on display and moving this project forward in the coming year.”
Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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