The District celebrates first elements of the Gateways project

1 month 3 weeks 5 days ago May 01, 2017 May 1, 2017 Monday, May 01 2017 Monday, May 01, 2017 10:21:00 PM CDT in News
By: Jasmine Ramirez, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Downtown visitors may have noticed lighted spheres hanging above several intersections. The illuminated light hubs are the first finished elements of The District's ongoing project called The Gateways

The District's assistant director of outreach, Gabriela Cutrera, said she and colleagues are most excited for The Gateways Plaza.

"We are hoping to get it done by 2021, which is the bicentennial of Columbia. It's kind of our gift to Columbia for the 200 anniversary," Cutrera said. 

The Gateways Plaza is planned for the intersection of Broadway and Providence. Large letters will spell out Columbia and notify visitors they have arrived to the downtown area. The Gateways Plaza will also feature illuminated columns with engraved signatures and a large globe. 

Cutrera said The Gateways involves different landmarks around downtown Columbia.

"We wanted to have different public art and different icons that people can go to and make a point to visit,”  she said.

Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Amy Schneider said each of the three light hubs represents a special element of Columbia. They are placed in significantly specific locations.

The Sharp End was selected because "it is the historically black neighborhood so we wanted to pay tribute," Cutrera said. The light hub is located on Walnut Street between Fifth and Sixth streets across from the post office. 

The colorful Flat Branch Park light hub is near Locust Street and shows a nature theme. Schneider said it represents the parks and trails and their importance to Columbia.

Art is another focus of The Gateways.

"It is the foundation of all that makes Columbia vibrant," Schneider said.

The Wabash Station light hub represents the North Village Arts District. Adam McMillen, a local artist, created the piece. He said it was nice to make artwork, "for the sake of the art," and he believes The Gateways, "helps to identify certain communities in downtown."

McMillen said he used his own shop for inspiration to make the light hub.

"It's just a ball of tools and the smaller ones are all made out of washers welded together. It was kind of an experiment and it turned out very awesome. I was really happy to do it," he said.

The District's goal for The Gateways is to celebrate the "cultural, entertainment, and commercial heart of the city,"  Cutrera said.

The Gateways is also designed to enhance public safety. The hubs provide light for people walking around downtown when it's dark. Future projects provide ADA improvements with updated crosswalks and sidewalks. A bike lane is planned to connect Fourth Street to Flat Branch Park. 

Schneider said the city is putting the project together piece by piece. Funding for the first three light hubs was provided by the downtown Community Improvement District.

To continue the remaining projects, more funding is needed. Money is raised through grants and private donations. 

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Th e Missouri Supreme Court says it's constitutional to commit sex offenders to secure confinement after... More >>
4 minutes ago June 27, 2017 Jun 27, 2017 Tuesday, June 27 2017 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 5:23:00 PM CDT in News
BOONE COUNTY - Sheriff's detectives arrested a 20-year-old Jefferson City woman Tuesday in connection with a shooting that wounded two... More >>
23 minutes ago June 27, 2017 Jun 27, 2017 Tuesday, June 27 2017 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 5:04:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri appellate judges are reinstating descriptions of initiative petitions against right to work laws that were... More >>
37 minutes ago June 27, 2017 Jun 27, 2017 Tuesday, June 27 2017 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 4:50:02 PM CDT in News
MONETT (AP) — A substitute teacher in southwe st Missouri has been ch arged with having sexual contact with a... More >>
56 minutes ago June 27, 2017 Jun 27, 2017 Tuesday, June 27 2017 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 4:30:41 PM CDT in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY – A proposed port in Jefferson City is one step closer to becoming a reality. The Callaway... More >>
1 hour ago June 27, 2017 Jun 27, 2017 Tuesday, June 27 2017 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 4:22:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - NAACP supporters rallied at the state Capitol to ask Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens not to sign the... More >>
1 hour ago June 27, 2017 Jun 27, 2017 Tuesday, June 27 2017 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 3:58:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Foundation for Health has awarded $700,000 toward the planning, construction and programming of the planned agriculture... More >>
1 hour ago June 27, 2017 Jun 27, 2017 Tuesday, June 27 2017 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 3:30:00 PM CDT in News
VERSAILLES (AP) — The Missouri state trooper who had a man die while in his custody pleaded guilty Tuesday to... More >>
2 hours ago June 27, 2017 Jun 27, 2017 Tuesday, June 27 2017 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 2:41:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri senators won't reconvene until at least after the July 4 holiday to consider legislation on... More >>
3 hours ago June 27, 2017 Jun 27, 2017 Tuesday, June 27 2017 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 2:08:26 PM CDT in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY — A manhunt for a suspicious person call ended in an arrest just east of Kingdom City. ... More >>
4 hours ago June 27, 2017 Jun 27, 2017 Tuesday, June 27 2017 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 1:22:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia Police officers arrested Joshua Michael McWilliams, 23, of Columbia in reference to Monday night's shots fired call.... More >>
4 hours ago June 27, 2017 Jun 27, 2017 Tuesday, June 27 2017 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 12:49:00 PM CDT in News
CAMDENTON — Since the start of 2017, the Camden County Sheriff's office reports more than $45,000 worth of roadway signs... More >>
7 hours ago June 27, 2017 Jun 27, 2017 Tuesday, June 27 2017 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 9:51:00 AM CDT in News
HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities are searching for a southern Missouri inmate who is accused of overpowering a guard and stealing... More >>
8 hours ago June 27, 2017 Jun 27, 2017 Tuesday, June 27 2017 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 9:25:05 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge is upholding a policy barring St. Louis Zoo visitors from entering the site with... More >>
9 hours ago June 27, 2017 Jun 27, 2017 Tuesday, June 27 2017 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 8:10:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services will offer free HIV testing during normal business... More >>
16 hours ago June 27, 2017 Jun 27, 2017 Tuesday, June 27 2017 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 1:00:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Representatives Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia, and Martha Stevens, D-Columbia, addressed a forum of about 70 people Monday night, speaking... More >>
18 hours ago June 26, 2017 Jun 26, 2017 Monday, June 26 2017 Monday, June 26, 2017 10:28:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A judge sentenced a Columbia woman found guilty of second-degree murder to 20 years in state prison today.... More >>
21 hours ago June 26, 2017 Jun 26, 2017 Monday, June 26 2017 Monday, June 26, 2017 8:07:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Conventions and Visitors Advisory Board (CVB) gave an informational update regarding MU's plan to rent out... More >>
21 hours ago June 26, 2017 Jun 26, 2017 Monday, June 26 2017 Monday, June 26, 2017 7:37:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 79°
6pm 80°
7pm 78°
8pm 76°
9pm 72°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 5
5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
6:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 6
5:00p
American Dad!
5:30p
American Dad!
6:00p
Family Guy

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
9:00p
World of Dance
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
iZombie
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld