Setting new standards
A plan that could help make commercial and industrial areas in New Albany better looking over time has been put forth at the Board of Aldermen.
Scott Dunnam, alderman-at-large, has introduced an ordinance to set minimum design standards for new construction in commercial and industrial areas.
It would not apply to existing buildings unless they were undergoing a major remodeling that represented more than 50 percent of the building’s value.
The proposal provides for continuity of design on all sides of the building and would require exterior surfaces to be brick, cement stucco, wood or wood simulated materials. Metal, vinyl sided or flat-faced cement block would not be permitted.
The proposed ordinance also would require parking and loading areas to be concrete or asphalt and construction of concrete or brick sidewalks on property facing a street. It also would require the planting of shade trees and landscaped islands in parking lots.
By failing to set forth reasonable standards for design, we have allowed too much of our commercial and industrial areas to consist of, at best unremarkable, and at worst unsightly, buildings that are not aesthetically pleasing.
It is uncertain when the plan will be presented for a public hearing because Dunnam is expected to miss the next meeting of the board. When it does come up, we think it deserves the serious attention of all New Albany residents.
It’s not a quick fix, but it will contribute to a better looking city over time.
About Chris Elkins
- City will try for Christmas parade again next Tuesday at 6 December 6, 2016
- Register now for NEMCC spring classes December 6, 2016
- Thanks for keeping ‘Sharing at Christmas’ something to look forward to December 6, 2016
- We still need help to Share at Christmas December 6, 2016
- Officials welcome funding for expanded emergency communications December 6, 2016
- Scenes from Myrtle’s Christmas parade December 6, 2016
- City sets new Christmas parade date for next Tuesday December 6, 2016
- Main Street Association sponsors Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Cooper Park December 6, 2016
- County supervisors hire three employees, discuss potential logging problems December 6, 2016
- MEC’s Mississippi Connection tour visiting here Wednesday December 6, 2016
- Kaylyn Havrilla McClinton: I realize this comment was posted over two weeks a...
- Myke Britt: Someone asked "what has happened to our country"...
- Nonie: Margaret Gwendolyn Roberts McCraw - My Aunt Margar...
- Caleb Frederick: This is a great idea!...
- jonathan makeley: Jim Hedges 2016 If you are interested in joining t...
Subscribe to Blog via Email
- Scenes from Myrtle’s Christmas parade
- City sets new Christmas parade date for next Tuesday
- Main Street Association sponsors Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Cooper Park
- County supervisors hire three employees, discuss potential logging problems
- MEC’s Mississippi Connection tour visiting here Wednesday