In 2003, the city recognized that while the historic downtown was protected by strict guidelines, it might be losing control of the ambiance of the city’s entrance ways, specifically along King Street, San Marco Avenue and Anastasia Boulevard. This concern led to the creation of design standards for those important thoroughfares. These guidelines are contained in the Design Standards for Entry Corridors Guide.
In 2015, a dozen years after the original guidelines were adopted, it was determined that an updated version was needed, so an intensive, community-involved review and revision of the guidelines were compiled first for Anastasia Boulevard and then San Marco Avenue. Now it is King Street’s turn.
Historic City News readers are encouraged to attend and participate in an important interactive and discussion-based kickoff meeting this evening, Tuesday August 28, beginning at 5:00 p.m., in the Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75 King Street.COSA Amy Skinner
The area being discussed tonight stretches from King Street’s intersection with Ponce de Leon Boulevard east to Granada Street and west to the railroad crossing on West King Street. This initial meeting is an opportunity for the community to meet members of the design and planning team. The project coordinators are Carter Gresham, Jeremy Marquis, and Amy Skinner; who will work on the look of a street that so many residents and businesses travel so often.
One of St. Augustine’s most striking and valuable assets is simply the way it looks. Residents appreciate the fact that every day they live, work and play in a city that does not look like “just anywhere,” but rather in a city whose distinctive architecture expresses the city’s past and its unique ambiance.
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During a joint meeting of the Planning and Zoning Board and the Historic Architectural Review Board on Thursday, September 13, 2:00 p.m. in The Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75. King Street, the citizen boards will discuss the review and update of the guidelines.