The Astoria Downtown Historic District Association is raising money for a permanent mural and lighting installation in the 13th Street alley.
The alley, which connects Commercial and Duane streets, has been lit since January by overhead lanterns. The lighting is expected to come down this month, but members of the association hope to install a permanent installation similar to the lanterns, along with a graphic design or mural by a local artist adorning the walls of the narrow corridor.
“Simply activating the 13th Street alley with overhead lights in the last few months has made a big difference in foot traffic from Commercial to Duane Street, as well as giving some sense of safety to this cool feature of downtown,” Dulcye Taylor, president of the association and owner of nearby Old Town Framing Co., said in a release. “Imagining what this connector alley could be with some permanent lights and color is very exciting for our neck of downtown.”
The association has so far raised more than $2,000 toward a $7,000 goal and is taking donations at astoriadowntown.com and at Old Town Framing. The downtown association will request proposals for a graphic or mural later this year.