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Sign designs to be recommended to Aspinwall officials

| Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

A Carnegie-based design company might make it easier to navigate Aspinwall.

Borough officials will recommend hiring KMA Designs to design signs that will guide people through the business district and other sites in Aspinwall.

The Carnegie-based firm and Wayfinding Associates of Brentwood made presentations to Aspinwall representatives as part of the borough's participation in the Allegheny Together program. The economic-development program works to improve member communities in Allegheny County. Aspinwall joined in 2012.

Borough manager Melissa Lang said the committee working on signs that has met through Allegheny Together will meet with the borough's planning and infrastructure committees about the firm.

“We're going to talk with the two committees this upcoming month, and hopefully they'll be willing to make the recommendation to council to approve us moving forward with KMA,” Lang said.

KMA Design received the nod in part because of its previous work with Sewickley and Carnegie, also part of the Allegheny Together program.

Company representatives made a presentation to council in December, but no decision was made because borough officials wanted to look at other options.

“They had an understanding of exactly what we were looking for as far as scope of work and the style,” Lang said.

The initial cost would be about $6,000. That would include analysis of signs currently in the borough and basic design work, Lang said.

She said the borough's work with KMA Design would be four phases, and each would be billed separately.

Lang said after designs are finished, anyone interested will be able to have a say in how they are shaped.

“When it gets to the design portion, we'll start to seek opinions from various groups in the borough to get what they'd like to see,” Lang said.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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