Type: Municipal, Streetscape
Services: Landscape Architecture, Construction Observation
Principal In Charge: Michael A. Cook, PLA
Client: Dana Anderson, City of Anderson, California
Michael provided urban design and landscape architectural services for the small community of Anderson which had been in an economic recession for years. The City wanted to install a one-block demonstration area of concepts developed by the firm to show stakeholders what the entire Downtown area could be.
As Project Manager, Michael worked with the City of Anderson and Redevelopment Agency staff to design a demonstration block in the southern Downtown district. Desiring a fresh look while retaining the small-town character, the design included new street furnishings, concrete pavers, updated light fixtures, tree grates, trash and recycling containers, railings, and benches. Street trees and utility trenches were added. Concept and construction plans were also prepared for a water feature, stage, and plaza. The project was eventually revised to include a new administration building proposal by Shasta County.
The demonstration area was praised by the City and quickly grew into a two-block project. The new plaza has proven to be a community asset to Downtown Anderson, accommodating both small and large group gatherings. The streetscape provides the perfect combination of a modern and rural small-town feel. Since its completion, Downtown Anderson has seen several private property owners interested in building projects on their land.