The potential of our latest Community Catalyst Fund grant showed clearly on Thursday night, with mention of our light-art project and plan during the presentation of the draft Birmingham Comprehensive Plan (BCP). A consultant working with Goody Clancy, the firm overseeing the plan’s development, listed the 18th Street underpass as an example of support for implementing plan recommendations, even before it is officially adopted.
Check out the BCP draft on line and at local public libraries and turn to Part IV, Page 11.24, which talks about the importance of connectivity and proposes a Downtown Connection Plan which would include underpass improvements. Sculptor Bill FitzGibbons, who created the San Antonio light-art installation shown here and will design the 18th Street underpass project, recalls how visitors began using this crossing to travel between the Convention Center and a nearby shopping center that previously had little foot traffic.
Here’s the story about our $247,000 grant to this great plan and project. Stay tuned as the design work begins and REV Birmingham starts developing a full lighting plan as a catalyst for even more investments.