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Franciscan LED signs approved by CP zoning board

Updated: March 1, 2013 7:51PM



CROWN POINT — Franciscan Alliance received permission to add LED displays to the existing signs at its campus at the southeast quadrant of Interstate 65 and U.S. 231.

Rick Wilbanks with Landmarks Signs appeared before the Board of Zoning Appeals Monday to request the variance that would enable Franciscan to include the LED displays.

The display on the monument sign along I-65 would be single-sided and approximately 122 square feet. The display would be directed at northbound traffic along the interstate, Wilbanks said.

A second sign to be added to the existing monument sign on U.S. 231 would be two-sided but smaller, approximately 86 square feet on each side.

BZA member John Marshall questioned whether the sign would be used as a message board or to display video as some LED signs do.

“LED is always an interesting subject,” Marshall said.

Wilbanks said Franciscan plans to use the sign as a message board for the development which continues to grow. A portion of the sign would announce whether the urgent care center is open, the remainder would be programmed with messages that would promote the businesses in the development, health initiatives and even community events.

“The client is well aware of the code ... it will not be used as a video screen,” Wilbanks said.

City ordinance prohibits LED signs from using animation or flashing messages. Messages also must appear on the screen for at least eight seconds



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