In May of 2011, I blogged that the Archer House had finally installed an external sign that let people know there were public restrooms inside, upper and lower levels. (I had been complaining about the lack of signage for the $100,000 public toilets, paid for by taxpayers.)
I was still unhappy that the sign was so tiny. See the photo of Jim Bohnhoff, Bohnhoff Design, pointing to it.
This morning, Ray Cox of Northfield Construction, stopped by my corner office at GBM to let me know that they were working with Jim to install a huge new sign on the back of the Archer House.
I took a photo but as you can see, the sign was not visible yet.
I’m hopeful that the new sign addresses my concerns. If they’re reluctant to use direct language (eg, ‘public toilets here’) then maybe a euphemism like:
Anyone have better suggestions?
Update 9/2, 11:15 am:
Alas, no such wording. But the sign looks terrific, day and night (apologies for the crappy night photo, taken with my smartphone):
Hayes Scriven invited me to witness Bridgette from Graphic Mailbox do the installation of a ‘public restrooms inside’ sign on the door of the Northfield Historical Society this morning.
Why me? I’ve been whining about the need for public toilet signage when the toilets are paid for with public dollars, as is the case for the Archer House and now the NHS. So I had to go. Everything worked out in the end. What a relief.
Hopefully now the Downtown Streetscape Taskforce will do its part to make the changes to the wayfinding signs to point people to the public toilets at the Archer House, the NHS, and Public Library.
When that happens, like Dr. Humphrey C. Cornholt, it will give me "great pleasure to be able to release all that I’ve been holding inside me for so long."
Jim Bohnhoff, Bohnhoff Design, installed a new sign on the front of the Archer House River Inn in downtown Northfield yesterday afternoon.
I asked Jim to point to the small sign at the bottom that says:
Main & Lower Levels
Given that I’ve been complaining for a year about the lack of signage for the $100,000 public toilets, paid for by taxpayers, I’m happy to see it. But it sure is small.
On the agenda at tonight’s City Council meeting:
The Northfield Historical Society (NHS) is adding an elevator to the building that will allow for ADA access to all three levels of the building. This project will also include the addition of six (6) ADA compliant restrooms that will be open to the public. The demand for more public restrooms is particularly important during community events in the Downtown Business District… The Northfield Historical Society’s request to the City is for $60,000.00 from the Master Development/TIF District #4 Fund. The overall project budget is currently budgeted for $700,000.00. The restroom phase of the project will cost $175,000. This project is scheduled to be completed by January 2011.
The Archer House, which got $100,000 last year for public restrooms as part of its renovation, still has not put up any exterior signs alerting the public to their availability.
The owner of the Archer House, Brett Reese, is co-chair of the NHS Next Level Campaign, and will be speaking to the Council tonight on the NHS request.
I support the loan but I think the Council should stipulate that NHS publicize the existence of the public restrooms on the exterior of the Scriver Building, and, retroactively, the Archer House.
Last week, the Northfield EDA recommended that the City enter into a partnership with the Archer House: a $100k forgivable loan in exchange for ADA-compliant toilets for public use. I like the idea and I think Dallas Haas would, too. See pages 9-21 in the June 25 EDA packet; the June 27th Nfld News story; and the June 26 Friday Memo in which Joel Walinksi wrote: (continued)
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