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CP zoning board not happy with Speedway request

Updated: March 25, 2013 10:41PM



Crown Point — Zoning officials are not too happy about a request for more signs at the new Speedway gas station at the corner of 109th Avenue and Broadway.

Monday representatives from Speedway and Site Enhancement Services, its sign company, came before the Board of Zoning Appeals seeking variances to add three signs to the gas station, which has been open for almost two months.

BZA members questioned why these signs were not part of the original plan submitted to the Planning Commission when it was reviewing the site plan for compliance with the Broadway Williamsburg design corridor.

Speedway first began the siting and permitting process with the city in 2010. For more than six months the company and Plan Commission went back and forth over the design components that would make the project meet the Williamsburg style.

Dan Rohaley, BZA president, said he feared Speedway was attempting to circumvent the wishes of the Plan Commission and its intent to enforce the Williamsburg design. He said the plain reader board would ruin the design already in place. He also questioned why the approved striping on the canopy had not been installed.

“To put up just a reader board with no Williamsburg flavor will compromise the integrity and look of the building,” Rohaley said.

Currently Speedway has 96 square feet of building signage on the property. City code allows 100 square feet. Speedway is proposing adding a cabinet logo sign on the canopy and another cabinet logo sign above the back door. The company also would like to add a reader board to the front exterior wall.

Member John Marshall said he was not inclined to approve the request at this stage in the game. He said the company had to know it wanted these signs from the beginning.

“I feel like we are getting a gun put in our back. I have reservations,” he said.

Officials have been keeping close watch on the project after construction of the building was halted in mid-November when contractors began using concrete masonry units instead of the approved traditional brick on the convenience store. Contractors had to add traditional brick to the front of the CMU to comply.

BZA members gave Speedway a 30-day extension to get answers about the missing pin-striping and design of the reader board before making a decision.



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