Vallejo has a rich past and new directional signs will combine a bit of history while also pointing the way to downtown points of interest, sign promoters said.
The Central Core Restoration Corporation finally won city approval for new way-finding signs after nearly five years of delays.
They will be installed in the next few months and will direct people as well as highlight Vallejo history.
The city of Vallejo’s Beautification and Design Review Board unanimously approved them Thursday.
CCRC Executive Coordinator Erin Bakke said the signs are beneficial for the downtown. “Having way-finding signs is huge, especially after they’ve been held up so many times,” she said.
The blue and white signs will feature the city’s logo, historical photos along with a short description, plus arrows pointing to the Vallejo Ferry building, Empress Theatre, Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, Civic Center and parking.
Commissioner Sarah Nichols called the signs a “great project” and added “I appreciate the amount of care that went in it.”
Others said they liked the blue and white colors which allude to Vallejo’s waterfront. The signs also say Vallejo is the “only city in the US built for a state capitol.”
The first six signs will be installed on Mare Island Way, and Georgia Street.”
They will feature the following –
* General Mariano Vallejo, who founded the city in 1851
* Vallejo Electric Railroad Line which took passengers from Vallejo to Calistoga,
* Saginaw, the first of more than 500 ships built at Mare Island Naval Shipyard.
* Lower Georgia Street, once a colorful settlement of bars and gambling houses.
* California State Capitol in Vallejo during 1852-1853.
* Sunol Ferry which took passengers from Vallejo to San Francisco from 1890 to 1913.
Eleven more signs are proposed in the project’s second and third phase.
The CCRC, a downtown organization funded with tax assessments on local property owners, first went to the city with sign proposals in the spring of 2009.
The CCRC actually got city approval for signs in late 2011, but the organization decided to revise the designs.
CCRC board president and Vallejo property owner Buck Kamphausen said he was the chief designer for the new signs and he’s gotten help from local historians.
While the signs contain a lot of information, Kamphausen said people will be able to see them clearly as they walk or drive by. They are meant for both the newcomer and local residents, he said.
“This is part of our history and this puts it out there for newcomers and all of us,” Kamphausen said, adding that many Vallejoans don’t know much about the city’s past.
“It’s much more than just a way-finding sign,” Kamphausen said.
CCRC designed the signs and also will pay to have them installed, Kamphausen said. The signs will be made by Barber Signs in Vallejo, and will likely be installed by Kamphausen’s Skyview Memorial Lawn crews.
The organization is also working with Caltrans to get signs installed on Sonoma Boulevard which is also the state-owned Highway 29.
Times-Herald staff writer Jessica A. York contributed to this report. Contact staff writer Sarah Rohrs at email@example.com or (707) 553-6832.