Residents and visitors could soon see a new neighbourhood sign welcoming them to the Glebe, as a community-led initiative has been launched to explore the installation of a new gateway sign at the north end of the neighbourhood.
The Glebe Gateway Signage Project is an exciting community initiative that seeks to introduce a welcoming installation at the corner of Bank Street and Chamberlain Avenue. Its aim is to create an engaging point of entry to our vibrant neighbourhood, one that reflects the pride of all who live and work in the Glebe and greets all who come to the area as visitors and patrons. The proposed location is a narrow parcel of land adjacent to the city-owned parking lot. The project will be financed by a revitalization fund from the Province of Ontario, the Glebe Business Improvement Area and Underground Sound.
Overseeing this project is a group of volunteer residents, stakeholders and professionals, including the following:
- Sarah Viehbeck, President, Glebe Community Association
- Lynn Barlow, Underground Sound
- Allan Bateman, Property Owner
- Dave O’Malley, Aerographics
- John Wright, Landscape Architect (CSLA, MCIP, RPP)
- Christopher A. Leggett, Architect (OAA, MRAIC)
- Robert Martin, Architect (B.Arch., OAA, MRAIC, CAHP)
- Jonathan McLeod, Councillor’s Assistant, Office of Shawn Menard
- Andrew Peck, Executive Director, Glebe BIA
The group formally convened for the first time in the spring of 2019 to consider what might work within the boundaries of the available space — one that offers some real challenges due to its size, proportion, and existing infrastructure. After research and consultations with city staff, the group then embarked on developing preliminary concepts and ideas meant to generate feedback leading to a direction that everyone can be proud of while enhancing the on-street experience.
In all, there are four concepts that reflect some unique perspectives on what is possible while offering various points of comparison. Collectively they lay out a groundwork for what might come. Comments and criticism generated by this transparent process we hope will lead to a direction that can then be tailored to the needs of the community and assessed for its viability before being fabricated and installed.
We are inviting all members of the Glebe community to share their point of view at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking for your constructive insight into what you consider to be a preferred design or elements of each concept you believe are appealing or unworkable from your point of view. We are open to all suggestions and look forward to hearing from as many people in the community as possible.
Thank you to all the volunteers who have participated in this process thus far, and thank you in advance to all those providing us with the invaluable feedback to make this effort come to life.
Click the the links below to download presentations of each concept.