While arrangements are still underway for Buckhead to join Midtown and Downtown with its uniform wayfinding signage, the thinks that more time is needed to develop the idea and make sure that signs are used to their full potential.
The issue was discussed at the CIDs monthly meeting on Tuesday afternoon because of their agreement to undertake the extension of the program into its community, with the first nine signs paid for with a partnership grant from the of $55,000.
The signs are designed to reduce the number of other mixed-design signs of businesses and governmental entities, and show a relationship between the major Atlanta markets.
The universal regulations prohibit commercial designations, but allow “area” directions to serve this purpose. Buckhead’s initial nine signs were chosen by the coalition and were originally set to include directions to the , the , the AMTRAK Station, , Buckhead and Lenox MARTA Stations, Midtown, and Downtown.
"Thats not very many destinations to be pointing people to," Buckhead CID Executive Director Jim Durrett said at the meeting. "What I want to do is make sure that enough people have thought about this so that when we do put this wayfinding system in place its serving as many purposes as possible."
Durrett said he would put a group of people together and over the next few months come up with a the most thorough list of places to include on the signs. Then, the CID could decide to put more money into the program. The coalitions money could be used for signs outside of the CID, he said, and the CIDs money for those signs within its district.
"I really need to be more convinced about it and put more heads with me," Durrett said.
Discussions were also had about other possible uses for the signs — including using wayfinding signage on private property and other signs on commercial property to be used however is seen fit. Another idea was to use the signs to route traffic through alternate routes to popular destinations to relieve congestion on crowded streets.
David Allman, Buckhead CID board chairman said that Buckhead is not as dispersed as Downtown and Midtown and that most of the current destinations are on or near Peachtree Road. He, too, wondered if the wayfinding signs could be implemented better.
The program initiated by Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) some ten-years ago to standardize visitor directional signs, was coordinated through a two-hundred-and-ninety-thousand dollar study for City Council approval.