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Plaza info booth painting delayed

City plans to investigate other options for the roof
 Posted: 2:00 AM October 19, 2013

The city of Ashland is delaying plans to paint the downtown Plaza's information booth while it researches options for a copper-colored booth roof.

The existing roof could be painted metallic copper, or a new copper roof or copper-colored steel roof could be installed.

A copper-colored steel roof would be about half as expensive as a real copper roof. Real copper would also lose its color, turning green because of oxidization, city of Ashland Management Analyst Ann Seltzer said.

The city is in the process of getting quotes on roof options, she said.

Ever since a major Plaza restoration wrapped up this spring, many residents and several councilors have said the modernized Plaza needs to be warmed up with more color and amenities.

The installation of dark gray pavers underfoot and concrete seating walls has been cause for consternation for many.

This summer, the council asked artists Sue Springer and Margaret Garrington to team up with Ashland Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sandra Slattery to propose various color schemes for the booth, which was painted light gray during the Plaza reconstruction.

The trio developed four color combinations and put painted panels up next to the information booth for the public to see this month.

Springer, Garrington and Slattery eliminated two of the four combinations after seeing them in natural light.

Of the two remaining combinations, people expressed a slight preference for a paint scheme of blue and creamy yellow with smaller accents of gray and white, Springer said.

More than 100 people expressed their opinions about the color schemes, she said.

Chamber of Commerce volunteers who staff the booth tallied the public's responses.

Springer, Garrington and Slattery recommended the paint scheme of blue and creamy yellow with smaller accents of gray and white to the Ashland City Council.

Earlier this week, councilors voted to accept the recommendation but to hold off on painting the booth until they have finalized a decision on the booth roof.

Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199 or vlaldous@yahoo.com.


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