Public input for East Aurora's bridge design
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Above: Rendering of current bridge plan
East Aurora NY’s railroad overpasses are scheduled for repainting beginning June 2017. A small committee of private citizens worked on this project, privately funded through the East Aurora Local Development Corporation (LDC). In the current design, the arts and crafts lettering is not relevant to the space and overused throughout the village. The ‘East Aurora’ text alone on the bridge is missed opportunity to send a positive or informative message (i.e. ‘welcome’,
‘incorporated 1874’) to viewers.
Plans for the project were not debuted to residents until May 18, 2017, after work had been scheduled. No public input or opportunity for involvement was presented during planning - a period of roughly 8 months. While the property in
question is privately owned by the railroad, the effect and impact of the space is highly public, and serves to represent the village and town as a whole.
We, the undersigned ask the bridge committee and the East Aurora LDC to
- reevaluate the lettering and message on the Main Street bridge
- hold on lettering the overpass until after the community has been engaged and afforded choices of what message will be displayed in the center of the village of East Aurora.
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