New C.P. gas station wants more signs

2013-03-25T22:15:00Z 2013-03-25T23:25:03Z New C.P. gas station wants more signsSusan Erler, (219) 662-5336
March 25, 2013 10:15 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A Speedway gas station at 109th Avenue and Broadway will get another 30 days to justify the need for more signs than were originally permitted by planning and zoning officials.

Representatives of Speedway said the business needs signs with the company logo at the tops of two sides of the building to direct oncoming traffic to the site, and a reader board on the exterior wall to get customers inside the Speedway convenience store.

The additional 57.15 square feet of signage beyond what is permitted requires a zoning variance.

Zoning board members wanted to know why Speedway waited until after the business opened more than six weeks ago to ask for changes to the building exterior, which must comply with the Williamsburg-era style required for new businesses on Broadway.

In previous meetings with Speedway officials about plans for the gas station, "we spent months going through the Williamsburg-era style," board chairman Dan Rohaley said. "Now we have an adjustment to that look."

Zoning board member John Marshall said the company must have known it would need the signs.

"Why were they not in the original package" presented to city planners, Marshall said.

The board granted the company's request for a 30-day deferral.

Gas station representatives also said they would try to find out why a canopy at the site doesn't comply with city-approved plans. The plain white canopy was supposed to be striped.

Construction of the Speedway was temporarily halted in November when city officials learned concrete masonry blocks were being used instead of approved brick.

Speedway representatives said at the time the builder's notes hadn't reflected the need for bricks, but the company complied with the use of bricks and work resumed.

"It seems like you have a lot of miscommunications," Marshall told Speedway representatives Monday.

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