MILLEDGEVILLE — A University of Georgia landscape architecture student selected for the Downtown Renaissance Fellows program launched a 10-week downtown improvement project this month with municipal officials in Milledgeville, led by Carlee Schulte, director of Milledgeville’s Main Street Downtown Development Authority.
Milledgeville and two other Georgia municipalities are getting technical and design assistance for revitalization projects this summer through the new fellowship, a partnership among the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, a public service and outreach unit of UGA; the UGA College of Environment and Design (CED) and the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA).
As a Downtown Renaissance Fellow, Quynh Pham was selected to work with Institute of Government faculty and Milledgeville city leaders to provide technical expertise on summer-long projects such as park and green space planning, corridor entrance design and streetscape improvements. Downtown Renaissance Fellows also are working this summer with the cities of Gainesville and Porterdale.
Pham will partner with the downtown development office to help design distinctive gateways into the city of Milledgeville. She also will work on a downtown enrichment program, embellishing a tunnel that connects downtown businesses to parking and will analyze landscape designs to improve the appeal of street medians and other public spaces.
Downtown Renaissance Fellows drawn from CED landscape architecture undergraduates will complete specific projects for each city during their fellowship. The three cities that were chosen for this year’s inaugural program are covering half the cost of the fellowships; GMA, through its Georgia Cities Foundation, is providing the remaining financial support.
The Downtown Renaissance Fellows program is coordinated by Danny Bivins, a downtown development specialist with the Institute of Government.
The participating cities get assistance on downtown improvement initiatives from enthusiastic, knowledgeable scholars. Renaissance Fellows benefit by getting the opportunity to work on real-life projects, according to Bivins.