The Georgetown Gateways program seeks to enhance the entry points to Georgetown in a way that creates a sense of arrival for visitors, provides a familiar sense of return for residents and employees, and orients and informs those entering Georgetown.
Through a collaborative design process, the Georgetown BID is creating a design plan to enhance these gateways in a way that is complementary, informative, and reflective of the character of the neighborhood. The Georgetown BID has selected Beyer Blinder Belle, a renowned Georgetown architecture firm, as the design partner. A Gateways Committee with resprensentatives from the architecture, business, and residential communties, as well as key government agencies, will work with Beyer Blinder Belle on a comprehensive design plan.
The BID made the selection through a competitive bidding process. Beyer Blinder Belle, based in Georgetown, has a deep knowledge of the neighborhood, demonstrated design expertise and creativity, expertise in historic preservation, and a commitment to community engagement. The firm will work with the Georgetown BID to engage the business community, residential community, and regulatory agencies to develop consensus-based designs for five primary entrances to Georgetown: K Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, M Street, Key Bridge, and Wisconsin Avenue. Each gateway design will include combinations of design and public space elements, including entrance markers and signage, lighting, furniture and landscaping, wayfinding elements and historical information.
The initiative emerged from the Georgetown 2028 15-year action plan to alleviate the uncertainty many visitors experience in identifying the beginning of Georgetown’s commercial district. The project team hopes to have a completed design for the gateways by the end of 2017 and begin implementation in 2018. The implementation is designed to phase in gateway elements at various sites.