Kannapolis West Avenue Revitalization

Outfitting a collection of “urban interiors” along Kannapolis’ West Avenue

The city leaders of Kannapolis take downtown revitalization seriously. The city purchased the entire downtown district—approximately 50 acres and eight blocks of buildings—and began a $113 million undertaking that includes streetscape improvements, a linear park and a sports and entertainment venue. The recently completed first phase has brought new life to West Avenue, the city’s main street. The Charlotte office of 505 Design worked with landscape architecture firm Land Design’s master plan to create what 505 Design’s Taylor Milner Compton calls “urban interiors” along West Avenue.

Kannapolis, NC

Landscape Architect
City of Kannapolis

Kornegay Products

505 Design, Land Design, Landscape Forms Studio 431

Kannapolis West Avenue Revitalization

“Land Design envisioned a number of outdoor rooms along the street, different rooms for different activities,” explains Compton. Kornegay Larkspur and Dune planters have helped to establish “the language of the streetscape rooms” and will provide city leaders with a palette to follow as revitalization expands through the downtown district.

West Avenue now stands in stark contrast to the empty, eerie one the city initially purchased. “We’ve brought back the spirit of main street and made being downtown a pleasurable experience,” says Compton. “It’s charming, inviting and active, just as Land Design had envisioned.”

Color and texture are a large part of Compton’s vision for West Avenue. “The neutral tones and subtle textural distinctions of the Kornegay planters play off the landscaping, bright yellow site elements and teal signage along West Avenue,” say Compton. The city will be rotating seasonal plants in the planters to provide a pop of color throughout the year.

“There is a tactile garden approach to the streetscape,” explains Compton. “We didn’t want anything too slick or polished. Dune planters on each of the intersections are a statement and stand in contrast to the grays and reds of the pavers and buildings. They introduce a beautiful texture that is neutral and rich.” Larkspur planters serve as both planters and bollards along West Avenue.

We’ve brought back the spirit of main street and made being downtown a pleasurable experience. It’s charming, inviting, and active, just as Land Design had envisioned.”
— 505 Design’s Taylor Milner Compton

Dune and Larkspur by Larry Kornegay

Dune Series: The rhythmic imagery created by desert sand dunes is the inspiration behind Dune’s contour and form.

Larkspur Series: An unsurpassed level of design, sophistication and craftsmanship is the basis for these Larkspur planters.

Dune Series | Larkspur Series

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