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New welcome signs distinguish downtown Crestview/CRA District

Tony Judnich
Northwest Florida Daily News
The city of Crestview had this archway sign built at the north end of Main Street at the intersection of U.S. Highway 90.

CRESTVIEW — Newly built “gateway” signs to help identify the Hub City’s downtown area and redevelopment district have Robert Ellis’ stamp of approval.

“I like them. I think they look nice,” said Ellis, co-owner of Peaden Brothers Distillery at 382 N. Main St.

As part of a city Community Redevelopment Agency project, the signs were built at three entries into downtown. They were substantially completed Friday, City Manager Tim Bolduc said.

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One of the signs is an archway sign on the north end of downtown at Main Street and U.S. Highway 90. It features the greeting, “Welcome to Historic Downtown Crestview,” that spans Main Street and connects to tall brick pillars with decorative lights.

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Ellis said the decorative background that was recently placed behind the words “Historic Downtown Crestview” greatly helps the welcome message stand out.

To the east, next to the Courthouse Terrace-U.S. 90 intersection and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office’s Judge Joe N. Livingston Jr. Office Building, stands the CRA’s three-sided tower/digital sign.

This sign contains three electronic billboards that share details about downtown events and other information.

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And about a mile to the south, a monument sign on a brick base at Garden Park, where Main Street meets State Road 85, features the words “Welcome to Historic Crestview, Established 1916,” along with decorative lights.

According to CRA information, the gateway signs aim to clearly distinguish historic downtown Crestview and direct visitors and residents to the CRA District.

“It’s all about creating an identity,” Bolduc said.

A monument sign welcomes motorists traveling north on State Road 85 near the south end of Main Street in Crestview.

Established in 1995, the district encompasses much of downtown plus Twin Hills Park and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, areas that were added when the district was expanded in 1998.

Signs Galore of Crestview received a little more than $248,000 to build the gateway signs. Okaloosa County contributed $50,000 to the project. The bulk of the coast was paid for with CRA money, Bolduc said.

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“I think it’s awesome,” Kari Howard, owner of Old Time Antiques & More at 572 S. Main St., said of the signs..

She said she had not heard comments about the signs from her customers yet.

The signs “are kind of new, and everyone is concentrating on Christmas right now,” Howard said.

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