The new Streetsboro Monument will be located at the intersection of state route 14 and 43, a very busy intersection in NE Ohio. The new monument strives to recognize a sense of place, gathering a character for the city, and embracing both people and the city. The "Gateway To Progress" arch will span 60 ft. and stand 24' tall, reading "City of Streetsboro" above. The new monument will also feature a variation of hardscape and softscape elements, including a fountain and seating area and an array of trees and vegetation in the back to provide a buffer to the commercial buildings to the north.
Recently, I was assigned to design a monument for the city of Streetsboro. Streetsboro is a city wedged between Twinsburg, Kent, and Ravenna. The city slogan "Gateway to Progress" is quite accurate in the sense that it is a "gateway" to neighboring cities. The project is quite simple: design a monument for the city that evokes the sense of a place. Meeting with the steering committee and the Mayor, I was pleased to hear some positive input as to what they envision their city to be... Without a doubt Streetsboro is activated by its commercial corridor: strategically located at the crossroads of 5 State Routes: Rt 14, Rt 43, Rt 303, Rt 480 and Ohio Turnpike, Streetsboro is by all means a driving community.
The monument will the located at the NE corner of the intersection of Route 43 and Route 14: one of the busiest intersections in NE Ohio. As I approach the first part of the design process I beg to ask the question: how do you create a lively, progressive, and visible community space and monument at an extremely busy intersection? Will people use the space? How successful can a public space be in such extreme conditions? This proposal will definitely be a challenge.
Brandon E. Young