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Speedway  gets a ‘yes’ and a ‘no’ for signs

Updated: May 2, 2013 1:37PM



CROWN POINT — While Speedway gas station at Broadway and North Street finally got approval for adding two “S” emblem signs, but the company was shot down on the reader board that it wanted to put on the building at the Board of Zoning Appeals on April 22.

The “S” signs will be added to the east side of the canopy along with the strips and another “S” sign above the door into the store.

The reader board would have been mounted on the building — but in such a place that the ice machine outside the building would have to be pulled out to accommodate the sign.

Speedway had brought a new rendering to this meeting of its idea of what the reader board should look like. It was different from what was sent to the Plan Commission.

Donny Wirt, the petitioner for Speedway, said, “We thought this would be more Williamsburgey. We don’t know if it is the design or the reader board itself that is the issue.”

Before addressing the variance request, Chairman Dan Rohaley wanted to know when the striping would be put on the big white light on the canopy over the pumps.

He was assured that once the weather broke that work would be taken care of.

Both Marshall and Rohaley also wanted to know when the enclosure or brick knee wall would be built to block the view of bags of mulch or anything else that Speedway may have piled outside for sale.

Speedway was under the impression that they didn’t have to provide that since it wasn’t on their plans. Christopher Meyers, planning and zoning administrator, said that at the Plan Commission approval the company agreed that an enclosure would be provided, but has not yet been built.

Alda Vellutini asked the same question she did last month. “If this was so important why wasn’t it on the design to begin with?” She added that the reader board on the building doesn’t look good.

This was Speedway’s second appearance before the BZA. Last month it had been told that both Rohaley and fellow board member John Marshall were very unhappy that this matter of going over the allowed total sign volume by over 57 square feet had not been part of the plan approved by the Plan Commission.

Speedway was asked to have artist’s renderings of what they would like so the Plan Commission could review those signs two weeks ago and let the BZA have information on their opinions.

The Plan Commission would not vote on the matter. Marshall is the president of the Plan Commission and Rohaley is also a member.



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