Youngstown developing streetscape designs for Main Street

Written by Terri Huxley

Following community input through an open house back in August, information gathered for the Youngstown Community Development Project has been getting plenty of mileage for new ideas to invigorate Youngstown’s Main Street and entrance.

Jennifer Koppe of 818 Studio, based in Calgary, has been presenting each month with refined options for the village council to consider.

This information once solidified will be used to gather grants which will bring these ideas to life.

“We took this info from the community and made designs that best represented the community,” she said.

At the regular meeting on Tues. Nov. 2, many of the selections picked from the open house were shown with possible layouts for different social spaces and parks and entrances.

Priorities include Main Street designs, gateway designs for entrances, wayfinding signage and creating community streetscapes.

One streetscape in particular is the redesign of the Memorial Park located beside the village office building by possibly creating a winding pathway surrounded by plenty of shrubbery and flowers.

Another is the creation of a park to the south of the cafe in that open space.

Initial costs were shared with council but were explained to be highly preliminary in that they will change easily.

Studio 818 will provide a draft report to council for review at the next council meeting which will then be shown to the public and then finalized with any changes that may arise from the communication process.

Website up

Administration shared with council that the new and improved website was now up and running.


Terri Huxley

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Terri Huxley

Terri grew up on a grain farm near Drumheller, Alberta with an eye for the beautiful and uncharted. Living in such a unique and diverse area has helped her become the photographer and reporter she is today.

Coming from the East Central region getting this newspaper on her dinner table growing up, it helped her understand the community she now serves.

In May 2019, Terri was awarded Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association (AWNA) Canada's Energy Citizens Photographic Awards Sports Action – First Place as well as first for the same sports action image nationally with the Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA). Fast forward to 2020, she has won second in the same category for the AWNA.