FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2023
C2 Strategic Communications
Luckett & Farley
Luckett & Farley and Clark Dietz, Inc. partner with City of New Albany to create revitalized East Main Street corridor
New Albany, Ind. – (Sept. 15, 2023) Citizens and downtown businesses gathered this morning to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the New Albany Streetscape Project, another visionary step in the revitalization of this prominent downtown corridor.
Luckett & Farley and Clark Dietz, Inc. partnered with the City of New Albany to make this project a reality. Work began on this $5.5 million dollar project last September and features improvements to pedestrian safety and the overall visual appeal on the Main Street corridor from State Street to East Fifth Street.
“We continue to enjoy our long-standing relationship with the City of New Albany,” says Clark Dietz, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Wes Christmas, PE. “The Revitalization of East Main Street, efforts to upgrade multi-modal accessibility and safety and overall improvement of the character of the corridor were forward-thinking goals set by the city that align with our mission to improve quality of life for the residents of New Albany. We’re excited that the enhancements will foster better connections between businesses and patrons and supports what we feel is truly special about the City’s identity.”
Christmas adds, “Luckett & Farley is an excellent project partner— they were adept at listening to what the city wanted to achieve and seamlessly incorporated those elements into the design. Our team’s collaborative effort compliments and frames the buildings on East Main Street without distracting from the beautiful historic structures.”
New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan says, “The streetscape here is wonderful thanks to the hard work of Luckett & Farley. They were able to create beautiful landscaping that complements the historic buildings on Main Street and that’s exactly what we needed. Thanks to Luckett & Farley’s great design, this project has been overwhelmingly successful.”
Luckett & Farley’s innovative design approach focused on expanding pedestrian spaces, introducing comfortable seating amenities and creating a unified aesthetic that complemented the downtown businesses. The final design transformed curbside parking spaces into dynamic community gathering areas, uniquely tailored to support each building’s façade and business activities. A key element of the project was the implementation of a road diet, reducing the width of a two-lane road. This not only slowed traffic for increased safety but also opened up more space for pedestrians.
The streetscape now encompasses pedestrian pathways, spaces to support local businesses, charming street parklets, environmentally friendly bio-remediation landscape islands, and a cohesive wayfinding bollard system. These enhancements were carefully integrated into the historical context of the area, bridging the past with the present to create a vibrant and inviting downtown atmosphere.
Matt Gullo, urban planning & landscape architecture discipline manager, Luckett & Farley, says, “Luckett & Farley is fortunate to work with great partners like the City of New Albany and Clark Dietz, Inc. to create this street scape. Projects like this bring the community together and serve the residents of New Albany in a unique and meaningful way.
Every town and city have assets that must be leveraged to create a vibrant identity and welcoming sense of place. As landscape architects we strive to design spaces that are dynamic, flexible and adaptable by stitching together the old and the new.
Luckett & Farley celebrates New Albany’s vision today as we continue to create spaces that bring joy and make communities better places to work, live and play.”
About Luckett & Farley
Luckett & Farley is one of Kentucky’s largest and oldest continually operating architecture firms. The employee-owned company offers design and engineering services through a studio model including architects, engineers, interior designers and developers with shared industry expertise to turn clients’ objectives into outcomes. For more information, visit luckett-farley.com.
About Clark Dietz, Inc.
Clark Dietz, Inc. is a multi-disciplined infrastructure engineering firm operating from offices in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. Our primary areas of service include civil and environmental infrastructure, transportation, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering. Clark Dietz’s mission is engineering quality of life that provides a positive impact on people, the natural environment, and the economic well-being of communities. For more information, visit www.clarkdietz.com.