Let There Be Lights: Councilors Praise Redesigned Downtown Gateway Arch, with Color-Changing LEDs

As the efforts to revitalize downtown Canby intensify, one project that’s poised to — literally — change the local landscape is the construction of a gateway arch into downtown Canby at the Grant Street intersection.

City councilors — in their role as commissioners of the Urban Renewal Agency — got their first look in August at designs for the new monument proposed by Scott|Edwards Architecture.

The ultimate direction councilors chose was a blend of two design concepts, featuring flagstone pillars — in a uniquely Pacific Northwestern style already in use in the downtown core — and an arch heavily inspired by the iconic Encinitas Archway in Encinitas, Calif.

Last week, the council got their first look at this redesigned concept, with new renderings presented at the city’s Urban Renewal meeting on Wednesday. The architects brought day and night renderings, as well as mock-ups showing the arch amidst the new signage and infrastructure that would be installed as part of the downtown railroad quiet zone — another Urban Renewal project.

This had been requested by Councilor Greg Parker, who said he wanted to see what the city was “really” getting, as opposed to an idealized representation on paper.

Councilors were unanimous in their enthusiasm for the design, particularly the LED lighting which would spotlight the pillars, arch and “Canby” sign while shining twin beacons into the sky.

Councilor Sarah Spoon was among those who praised this new addition.

Councilor Parker was thrilled about a certain feature that had not been highlighted by Scott|Edwards during their previous presentation: the ability to change the color of the monument’s LED lighting via remote control. This could be used for holidays, city events and other observances.

Preliminary construction estimates for the project are $240,600, financed through urban renewal funds. This figure includes insurance, bonding and a 10 percent contingency.

Council President Tim Dale, who also serves as chair of the Urban Renewal Agency, said they plan to put the project out for bid in January. They also hope to coordinate construction with the installation of the quiet zone improvements.

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