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The newly opened Speedway staticorner North Street Broadway Crown Point. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media

The newly opened Speedway station at the corner of North Street and Broadway in Crown Point. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 16, 2013 3:17PM



CROWN POINT — Plan Commission members expressed their views April 8 about Speedway gas station signage on the corner of Broadway and North Street, with those opinions being sent to the Board of Zoning Appeals for its consideration.

John Marshall, who sits on the BZA and is president of the Plan Commission, had asked that Speedway provide full drawings and plans for the plan commissioners to look at so they could send their comments back to the BZA before that body would rule on the request for more signs than are allowed.

Dan Rohaley, chairman of the BZA and a Plan Commission member, agreed with Marshall.

Speedway is allowed 100 square feet of signage. It already has that amount. Now just months after opening the company wants more.

The gas station chain now wants to put an S on the corner of the canopy that faces Broadway because, according to its representatives, people driving west on 109th can’t tell it is a Speedway without the S sign.

There already is an angled monument sign with an S and the name Speedway.

Speedway has also requested another S above the door to the mini mart inside the building, to be visible to the drivers at the pumps. In addition to that, Speedway wants a back-lit reader-board above the ice machine just outside of the door and window area to show what is on sale inside the store. The reader board presented is just a box. There is nothing Williamsburg about the box.

Rohaley said, “They are maxed out and want not just the reader board but two more signs.”

Councilwoman Laura Sauerman, R-4th, and Councilman Chad Jeffries, D-1st, jointly said, “I don’t like either.”

They further agreed that they didn’t want the reader board at all. Jeffries said, “I say absolutely no on these.”

Councilman Bill Feder, D-at large, did not want a reader board at all, but was willing to have an S above the door to the building. He also said that changes need to be made to the white canopy over the gas pumps.

They all wanted to know where the raised strips were on it. They are on the original plans as the commissioners approved them.

This Speedway has had problems fulfilling the requirements of the Plan Commission and the city building codes starting with the construction of the building.

They had unlicensed subcontractors working on the building. This building along with all the other buildings on Broadway is required to construct in a Williamsburg look.

The building was to be a brick-by-brick masonry-built building. The city issued a stop-work order and Speedway representatives were brought back before the Plan Commission when they were putting up concrete block walls died red and stamped to look like brick.

Speedway chose to finish the concrete block and then the entire building was finished off by masons installing face brick on the entire building.

Since the gas station opened just a few months ago, both the Plan Commission and the BZA members have been asking the building department when Speedway was going to put the strips on the canopy that is over the pumps.

That big long white light is not what was approved. Speedway management doesn’t want to put the panels with the strips on the canopy.

And now Speedway wants more.



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