|Rendering of the future|
Wheaton Town Square
The artist will be the award-winning Norie Sato, who has done projects for San Diego International Airport and Iowa State University, to name a few.
Sato's work will be featured in the town square area, which will also have pedestrian spaces, a water feature, an amphitheatre for concerts and events, and a stage. A critical aspect of the art plan is that Sato will draw on the resources of the local art community here.
Wheaton’s Regional Services Center Director Luisa Montero-Diaz predicts the final work will reflect the existing "authenticity and vibrancy" of the Wheaton community. "StonebridgeCarras is excited about the selection of Norie Sato as the Artist for the Wheaton redevelopment," said Jane Galbraith Mahaffie of StonebridgeCarras. "We look forward to working with Norie as the art is realized and enhances this important civic project."
The County government has expressed hope that the development will jumpstart further real estate activity in Wheaton's commercial district. Local businesses who rely on Public Parking Lot 13 are bracing for the temporary parking shortage for their customers, until the new garage opens.