Speedway runs into red light in Crown Point sign variance request
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent April 9, 2013 11:12AM
Updated: May 15, 2013 6:16AM
CROWN POINT — Planners say they cannot support a reader board sign request for the new Speedway gas station on the corner of 109th Avenue and Broadway that has come before the Board of Zoning Appeals.
BZA President Dan Rohaley and member John Marshall, who also serve together on the plan commission where Marshall is president, brought the issue before the plan commission Monday for input after officials from Speedway appeared last month before the BZA requesting a variance to exceed the amount of signs allowed in the city ordinance.
BZA members balked at the variance request by Speedway, questioning why the company did not request the signs during the initial site plan when the other signs for the gas station were approved. They said the move appeared to be an attempt to circumvent the plan commission and its Williamsburg-design style rules.
“We are all in this together. It’s just not fair for the BZA to change something (the plan commission approved),” Rohaley said.
A majority of the planners said they would be willing to allow Speedway to put an “S” logo sign on the east side of the building but the reader board is too much.
“I can flex on the ‘S.’ I’m an absolute no on the reader board,” said commission member Chad Jeffries.
Rohaley said Speedway officials were trying to make the point the reader board was important to their convenience store business. “If it is that critical a part of the business” it should have been on the original plan, he said.
Planners have no official vote on Speedway’s request but Marshall and Rohaley said they will take the commission’s comments back to the BZA.