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City of Melissa Texas 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update Page 8.10 Chapter 8 City Center Concept Plan The Linkage Concepts The goal of the City Center Concept is to link each of these areas the Old Town the Town Center and the TOD to one another thereby creating a mutually beneficial impact between them. The various elements that are recommended to help provide this link are discussed in the following paragraphs. Equally important to the text descriptions are the images provided which give the reader a visual idea of what is envisioned for each of these linkage concepts. Gateways Gateway features Image 13 serve the purpose of announcing to residents and visitors that they have arrived in a special place. Therefore two gateway features have been shown on in Figure 8-1 both along State Highway 5. These gateways would allow for a demarcation of the City Center along one of the most heavily traveled roadways in Melissa. They could also contain some directional information as to how to get to each of the three areas. TOD area needs to have a definable character. Gateways should generally be simple in design and constructed of low- maintenance materials. Both gateway features should be similar-looking so that they begin to create a visual theme for the City Center. Gateways should be readable by both pedestrian and automobile traffic. Additional locations for gateway features should be established as the City Center areas become increasingly successful. For example when the TOD area is created when the rail stop is established an additional gateway feature may need to be established at the intersection of State Highway 5 and North Central Street.Image 13 All 4 pictures