Lawrenceville approves new sign designs

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrenceville City Council on Monday unanimously approved designs for new signs that will make it easier for motorists and pedestrians to find their way around the city.

Most of the signs feature the cupola of the historic courthouse on the Lawrenceville Square surrounded by a sunburst. Others depict a distinctive "L."

The signs are part of a logo and branding campaign initiated by the city's Downtown Development Authority. The signage package will create a "new look for the city," said DDA Chairman Mike Reedy, who presented proposed designs and suggested locations for the signs to the council.

The signs preserve the city's heritage and incorporate modern design, Reedy said.

The DDA hired Atlanta-based Sky Design to design the new logo and signs using $25,000 in proceeds from the city's mixed drink tax. The city has designated the DDA as the recipient of funds from this tax.

Estimated to cost $457,000, the signs would be paid for with 2005 SPLOST funds, Reedy said. Implementation is proposed in two phases. Phase 1 would cost about $275,000 and Phase 2 about $182,000, he said.

These figures are estimates because bids for construction and installation of the signs would have to be sought and approved.

The DDA is applying for a $10,000 state grant for the signs, Reedy also said.

The new signage will identify gateways to the city, civic buildings, city attractions, historic sites, street names, and parking areas. Also included are traffic control and directional signs for motorists and wayfinding signs for pedestrians. Several kiosks will provide information about the city and space for posting events.

Larger signs will be mounted on brick bases and smaller signs affixed to street lights and decorative posts.

Gateway signs at the city's primary and secondary entrances and signs around the Square would be priorities in Phase 1, Reedy said.

Graham Wimberly, lead graphic designer for the project with Sky Design, told the council the signs are designed to be low-maintenance and vandalism-resistant.

Reedy said he hopes that the new signs can start being erected in six to nine months.