Columbia Leadership Council Meets to Discuss Downtown 'Gateway' Plans

5 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, June 25 2013 Jun 25, 2013 Tuesday, June 25, 2013 1:53:00 PM CDT June 25, 2013 in News
By: Brynne Whittaker

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Leadership Council met at 4 p.m. Tuesday to discuss plans for the downtown Gateway Project.  

The Gateway Project is meant to beautify and restructure the 'gateways' into the downtown district in Columbia.  The four gateways include the intersections of Broadway and Providence Road and Broadway and College Avenue.  They also include South and North entries to downtown coming from the University of Missouri campus and the Columbia College campus.  Funding for the project comes from downtown Community Improvement District (CID)'s budget.  

According to The District executive director Carrie Gartner, art structures, medians and possible gardening improvements to those entries are the major parts of the proposals being discussed today. Gartner said the improvements are important for increasing Columbia visitor satisfaction.  

"We have so many reasons for people to come to Columbia, three of which are the colleges.  And to have Providence or College really beautified as a nice sort of route to get into the District just helps everyone.  It's nicer to travel down, it draws people into the District where all the fun stuff is going on," Gartner said.  

The project planners have narrowed the proposals down to three possible designers for the gateway entries and could make a decision by the end of the meeting.   

More photos can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/komunews/sets/72157634329895350/

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