The City of Poplar Bluff retained PGAV to design streetscape elements complementary of the local and national historic district. The Downtown Commercial Historic District encompasses unique aspects of the region’s transportation heritage such as brick streets, two historic rail depots, and the Black River. The local district extends beyond the boundaries of the national district.
PGAV assisted the City by developing several design concepts and preliminary cost estimates for the thirty-four linear blocks that comprise the local district, with a more detailed focus on the five linear blocks of the national district. PGAV worked closely with the State Historic Preservation Office to review the proposed plans for impacts on existing historical resources. PGAV chose specific streetscape components based not only on their historic aesthetics, but also for their ease of maintenance.
The approved design included preservation and restoration of the district’s brick streets, new sidewalks, trees, and lighting as well as removal and redevelopment of a parking garage and rehabilitation of the Amtrak depot and surroundings. A wayfinding signage component also helps to define and raise awareness of the historic district.