Main Street wants signage

Written by Kelly Ducote, The Observer January 15, 2014 10:01 am

Signs along I-84, parking changes and brew festival in the works

 

La Grande Main Street Downtown hopes to bring some signage to the area in the coming year.

Signage, parking concerns and the upcoming brew festival were topics of discussion at a community roundtable for LGMS Downtown Tuesday night.

 

 

“I’ve been working with a small group of folks about better signage on the freeway,” said John Howard, LGMS board chair.

The group is exploring putting up a sign in the Ladd Canyon area because signage would be much harder west of La Grande, Howard said.

“The first overpass there provides a great opportunity for some signage,” he said.

Howard said the group is still looking into the location for a sign to welcome visitors to La Grande, but they plan to hold a contest and solicit donations to get the sign up.

LGMS Downtown is also working to make some changes to downtown parking. Howard said they made a request to the City of La Grande to change no-limit parking near the railroad depot to a 24-hour limit. Business owners along Jefferson Avenue have complained about vehicles being parked in the area for up to several days.

Eddie Garcia, who serves on the city’s parking committee, said a Union Pacific spokesman said those vehicles likely belong to railroad employees.

“It certainly upsets those business owners because they can’t use (the parking),” Garcia said.

A petition will be brought to the city planning department to move forward with the change.

Business owners and community members were also excited to talk about the upcoming beer festival, to be held in La Grande May 31.

“We’ve got excitement brewing,” said Eric Laurence. “It’s something I think we can really build on.”

Laurence said LGMS Coordinator Saira Siddiqui called 17 breweries and 16 said they would “absolutely” want to be involved with the festival.

A meeting for the yet-unnamed festival will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the library’s meeting room.

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