UGA Downtown Renaissance Fellowship Presentation

erin and arianneIn May of 2017, Holly Springs was selected to take part in the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Fellows Program. Inclusion in the program meant that the City would receive technical and design assistance for revitalization projects. Holly Springs Main Street Director Erin Honea collaborated with University of Georgia landscape architecture student Arianne Wolfe during the 12-week fellowship.

Wolfe presented her plans at the August 7th City Council Work Session and was met with resounding accolades from Mayor Miller, Councilmembers, and City staff. "We knew to expect high-caliber work, but we were blown away with the detail and compassion Arianne put towards our City. She gave several options for improvements to single locations, making it easy for us to make choices that best fit the City's needs. While extremely detailed, she kept her ideas organized into three categories, people, plants, and paint, making it easy for those of us without her talent to understand her thought process," said Honea. Wolfe's presentation included corridor enhancements along Holly Springs Parkway, proposed streetscape plantings, façade and parking improvements for selected downtown businesses, and  concept designs for wayfinding signage throughout the Main Street District. VIEW WOLFE'S FULL PRESENTATION.   IMG_7228
Downtown Renaissance Fellows, drawn from UGA's College of Environment and Design’s landscape architecture program, complete specific projects for selected Georgia cities during their fellowship. Holly Springs participated in the fifth annual fellowship program, which is also supported by the Georgia Municipal Association and the Georgia Cities Foundation.

“These students gain practical experience, and the cities receive valuable technical and design services they can use to help keep their downtowns healthy and vibrant,” said  Danny Bivins, a Downtown Development Specialist and faculty member of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.