Design Committee

Overview
Design means getting the Evanston Main Street into top physical shape. Capitalizing on its best assets, such as historic buildings and pedestrian-oriented streets, is just part of the story.

Functions
An inviting atmosphere, created through attractive window displays, parking areas, building improvements, street furniture, signs, sidewalks, streetlights, and landscaping, conveys a positive visual message about the commercial district and what it has to offer.

Design activities also include:
  • Instilling good maintenance practices in the commercial district
  • Enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging appropriate new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning
Leadership
Fred Coles serves as the Committee Chair.

Objectives
The Evanston Main Street Board of Directors identified the following objectives and goals for the Design Committee:
  • Visual
    • Create and develop graphic identity
  • Master Plan
    • Update master plan, including public spaces
  • Assistance Program
    • Update and create requirements and policy for Revolving Loan program
    • Prepare education and public relations materials regarding the program
    • Develop a review process for participants
  • Design Guidelines
    • Education of stakeholders
    • Standards developed
    • Signage incentives and requirements
    • Partner with the city’s Planning Department and building inspector and the Historic Preservation Commission
    • Communicate with the Mayor and Council