City signs directing people to important parts of the community in Greenwood will began to have a new look in the next several years, with the goal of having a more consistent look.
The Greenwood Redevelopment Commission approved hiring RLR Associates, a graphic design firm, to create sign design standards and determine a list of locations for new directional signs to be placed throughout the city. The city board unanimously approved the $36,700 project this week. The commission will fund $26,700 of the project through money from four of the city’s tax-increment financing, or TIF, districts. The remaining $9,000 will come from the city’s general fund.
City signs need to have a consistent look, redevelopment commission president Brent Tilson said.
Current signs are a hodgepodge of various conflicting designs, Greenwood Capital Projects Manager Kevin Steinmetz said.
During the next four to six months, RLR will map and study the city’s current signs, and then create a new set of design standards which the city will use when making new signs or replacing old ones. RLR will also create a map where directional signs indicating historic markers, trails, key points of interest or public parking could be placed.
The project doesn’t include the creation of any new signs, and there are no plans in place for a replacement of all the signs in the city, Steinmetz said.
Rather, the plans will allow for signs to be gradually replaced with the new look as the city goes through its normal replacement schedule, he said.