Crown Point BZA skeptical of Broadway sign request
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org April 2, 2013 12:18PM
The newly opened Speedway station at the corner of North Street and Broadway in Crown Point. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 2, 2013 1:09PM
CROWN POINT — On March 25, representatives of both Speedway gas station and its sign company looked very surprised that their appearance at the Board of Zoning Appeals was not just a formality, that they just might be denied their request to exceed the already-approved signage on the new Speedway building at the intersection of North Street and Broadway.
After a lengthy argument, they took up BZA Chairman Dan Rohaley’s offer that they could request a 30-day deferral until the BZA’s April meeting. This was not the first time that Speedway had been back before the city on not following city rules and regulations.
Before the gas station opened Speedway had problems in not following the building rules and regulations of the city. The wrong exterior product was used, which had to be corrected. They were warned that they must have city-licensed contractors working on the building, and that they must have each stage inspected before going on to the next stage. Also, they never put required stripes on the lit area of the canopy.
Donny Wirt from the sign company working for Speedway and Tony Jayney, the Speedway corporate project manager for this station, were both at the meeting. There were many variances that would have to be granted for what Speedway wanted on the building. They were requesting making the total amount of signage just over 153 square feet, when 100 is allowed.
This building is on Broadway in the Williamsburg style district. It took months to get everything the way that the city requires for this corridor.
Wirt apparently felt that drivers coming into the city along 109th Avenue would not be able to tell that this is a Speedway station and convenience store with the existing signage. Speedway wants to put two big S logos up, one on the canopy over the pumps and one over the front door into the convenience store. They also wanted a back light reader board telling people at the pumps what is on sale inside the store.
It was also apparent to the BZA members that what they wanted to add had always been in the company plan to have on this station. It annoyed board members Rohaley and John Marshall, who also serves as president of the Plan Commission, that none of this increase of square footage had been presented to the Plan Commission at the time they were getting the original site development plan approved.
A very annoyed Marshall said, “I don’t even know what to say. You knew you wanted these signs. You knew you were going to put up these signs. When I go by I know it’s a Speedway. My feeling is no.”
City planning administrator Christopher Myers told the BZA that he had been working with Speedway and that a reader board will help minimize signs on the pumps and windows. Meyers said, “The administration does support this project.”
Marshall asked for a rendering of what they want so they could bring it up under miscellaneous discussion at the next Plan Commission meeting. That way the Plan Commission will be able to send their thoughts on this matter to the next BZA meeting. No action would be taken at the Plan Commission.