Anne Burkholder lobbied for a crosswalk in front of her art gallery for years, and now that she has one, she's looking to spruce it up a bit.
Burkholder, a longtime Lincoln artist and gallery owner, has proposed putting in a decorative design on the street in the crosswalk, which goes from her building to Lazlo's across the street.
The design as proposed would be 10 feet wide and span the street from curb to curb. It would have triangles of various colors, including red, green, blue and yellow, separated by white bars.
The design would be installed using a latex material that is essentially pressed into the asphalt, Burkholder said. It's the same type of material that is used by the city for crosswalk markings and would last much longer than paint.
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Members of the city's Historic Preservation Commission heard about the plans Thursday and voiced their approval that the work is appropriate for the Haymarket.
Historic Planner Ed Zimmer said historic preservation guidelines for the Haymarket don't really specifically address decorative markings on streets and sidewalks, so he used historical signs painted on buildings as a comparison. Those often had bold, bright colors in them, so he said he didn't see doing something on the street as any different.
Zimmer said he's not aware of any similar crosswalk design anywhere else in the city. He said the closest thing he could think of was some neighborhood intersections that have had temporary designs painted on them.
Burkholder said she's still in the process of talking to neighboring property owners to get support for the design and, hopefully, some help paying for it. The city would pay for the white portion of the design, but Burkholder and other property owners would be responsible for paying for the colored triangles.