Design Guidelines for West Orange Winding up

As a mature Main Street, New Jersey program, West Orange needed comprehensive design guidelines to help their organization make the most of their Sign and Awning matching grant program.  Their commercial district, comprised of four commercial nodes strung along a mile and a half long Main Street in northern NJ, has a typical mix of small traditional commercial buildings from the early 20th century and newer construction.  We worked with a small committee to prepare their first ever design guidelines. Even though the Downtown West Orange Alliance's downtown is not a landmark district, their leaders wanted their design guidelines to use the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards as the baseline for recommendations on rehabilitation or new signs and awnings in their district. The document is being designed now. Main Street New Jersey funded this work.