Plans are in the works by the PLA, which is committed to improving Point Loma’s quality of life through beautification, education, charitable activities and civic collaboration, to string a canopy of lights across two blocks of Rosecrans between Talbot and Canon streets.
“The idea for the project came about nine months ago at a PLA board meeting,” said J.T. Barr, a landscape architect who chairs PLA’s new projects committee. He noted lighting is somewhat of a departure from landscaped medians and public sculptures the group has worked on recently.
“We didn’t want to be so singularly focused,” noted Barr adding, “We really wanted to be caring more about beautification, and having a greater vision, being able to dream big.”
The notion behind introducing new lighting said Barr was “to show we can have more of a visible impact on the community. This was an opportunity to showcase the Village by shining a light on it with festival lights strung across the street.”
Currently, there are a few streetlights along that designated stretch of Point Loma Village. But PLA wanted to raise the bar.
“We want to create a level of light and visibility that creates an ambience, an experience of elegance and scale,” Barr said.
Now that the lighting project has been proposed, Barr said the next objective will be to launch a private fundraising campaign to pay for the new lights and their upkeep.
“Our long-term objective is to finance the project through contributors,” he said.
Barr described the lighting project as long term.
“It’s a process,” he said. “It’s probably going to take about 18 months. We need to obtain all the City’s approvals and permits.
It’s been estimated, said Barr, “that it will take $200,000 to install the new lighting.”
Of the proposed lighting, Barr added, “Anchor lights is a nautical term for a light that’s positioned on a boat that can be seen from a distance.”
Barr and the PLA are excited about the lights project.
“The community should be excited about it too,” he said. “It will have a meaningful impact on our community.”