On May 9th, we had our monthly luncheon with Melissa Clark, Executive Director of the Fairfax Industrial Association. This was an opportunity to unveil the monument signage (see below). Special thanks to our sponsor, BPU and Citizens Bank for hosting this month’s luncheon.
New Fairfax District Monument Signage Designs
Below, you will find presentation materials from the luncheon, including the signage.
About the New Signage / Celebration of the B25 Bomber
Several years ago, the Unified Government had set up a TDD fund on new development in the area of what is called the Central Industrial District in Fairfax. This is an area on the north end of Kindleberger Rd between Fairfax Trafficway and Fiberglass Rd. This TDD fund is providing revenue for the Fairfax District to have its first entrance signage...the district is almost 100 years old!
Last year a steering committee was formed to work on the design concept. Gould Evans Associates was hired to do the design work. Our committee went through a process to come up with this final design. We wanted to pay homage to our almost 100 year history as a district and the many historical events that have taken place in our district. Ultimately, our group decided to focus on the B25 Bomber that was built in Fairfax during World War II, many by Rosie Riveters.
We hope that once this signage is built, those around the city will question why there is a plane on our signage which will then start a conversation about the history of our district. We have a great story to tell! Including how the Lewis & Clark expedition stopped at the site which is now where the historical Kaw Point Park sits at the southeast end of Fairfax where the Kaw and Missouri River meet. Landing Craft Tanks were also built in Fairfax during World War II. Along with this history, there is also the other huge development of a variety of other manufacturing and commercial businesses in the Fairfax District.
Looking Ahead / Special Thanks
Next step...the design concept is almost final. We still have a few details to work out. Next, we will be taking bids from design/build companies. We will need to pin down our exact costs, budget and if we want to phase in the build project or do all at once. Many things still to do, but we wanted to share with everyone where we are at this point. We hope you are as excited about this signage we as are.
We feel that this signage will create an iconic branding of our district and instill a huge sense of pride in having a business or working in the Fairfax District.
Thank you to our steering committee:
Carlos Quijas, Joe Vaught, John Latenser, Melissa Clark, Mike Martin, Richard Sheldrake and Steve Dailey. Thank you to the Unified Government, especially Melissa Sieben and Zach Flanders, for their input.
Thank you to Gould Evans, Ally Simmons and Robert Whitman, for a great design!
Thank you to Nick McNeil of Imagine Consulting for you input!
Below, you will find the presentation deck that was shared in the luncheon:
Here’s the video from this luncheon:
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