Dublin's Historic District Markers have faded into the landscape, but the city is looking to change that.
City staff members and the Architectural Review Board are looking at options for replacing obelisk monuments that mark the borders of Historic Dublin.
"Council some time ago asked us to take a look at the markers as they exist and see if we could get something more interesting and more in line with the Bridge Street District overall of what is going to be there in terms of a more vital and interesting environment," said Steve Langworthy, Dublin's director of land use and long-range planning.
City Council members aren't the only people to see the markers in a less than favorable light.
"We've found complaints about them looking like cemetery markers as far back as 1993," Langworthy said.
Council's vision for the markers is something that makes visitors take note.
"More attractive and more visible would be two objectives," Langworthy said. "The gray obelisks tend to fade into the background."
City staff is looking into options that will be discussed with the Architectural Review Board that oversees the historic district.
"The next step in the process is to have discussions with the ARB at their next meeting about some of the issues with the sign and overall design," Langworthy said.
New locations for the markers could be up for discussion as well. The markers are currently located at South High on the southern border of the district, on North High at the northern border, in front of the 1919 building and one at the west end of the Bridge Street bridge, Langworthy said.
"We'll look at locations: are those appropriate?" he said.
"We're designing a roundabout at Riverside and (state Route) 161. There may be a space for a marker on the east side of the river because the bridge is historic too."
ARB meetings are open to the public, and Langworthy said a few public meetings might be held once options for the markers are clear.
"We'll continue to have some public meetings and have postings on the website as well," he said. "Interest will grow as people see something tangible in terms of design."
New markers could go up as soon as spring, replacing the markers that carry a mysterious origin. The obelisks carry no signal of age and city employees have been unable to find records of when they were installed.
"It's kind of a mystery," Langworthy said. "Record-keeping when they went in wasn't great."