Barnstable Village is one of the seven historic downtown villages within the Town of Barnstable. This historic streetscape was redesigned to enhance its local village character. Connections to the water and placemaking within the cultural center were primary goals. In addition, this area of the Cape is in a nitrogen sensitive area, making stormwater improvements and water quality protection of great importance. The project includes green infrastructure to improve water quality.
The reconstruction of the segments of Main Street and Millway Road were completed with ‘Complete Streets’ oriented design. The streetscape accommodates all modes of transportation in a safe manner and promotes bicycles and pedestrian travel from downtown. Work includes roadway rehabilitation, new green infrastructure, street trees, bicycle racks, historically reinterpreted street lighting, benches, trash receptacles and other street furnishings, and the reconstruction of existing sidewalks to be ADA compliant. The design incorporates an extensive program of streetscape improvements that compliment business within Barnstable Village, tying the roadways with the remainder of the Center.
Offshoots Inc. was involved in the conceptual through constructions stages of this project. Branding and community identity discussions were held early on in the process to ensure design decisions were authentic to the rural community character. Wayfinding programs and interpretive signage was included to better navigate through the historic cultural district.