The growing popularity of do-it-yourself banking has created the need for a new ATM at the PNC Bank branch at 2594 E. Main St., a company representative said at the Bexley Planning Commission's July 22 meeting

The growing popularity of do-it-yourself banking has created the need for a new ATM at the PNC Bank branch at 2594 E. Main St., a company representative said at the Bexley Planning Commission's July 22 meeting.

The bank plans to install a walk-up ATM on the east side of the building to complement its existing drive-up ATM, said Mike Grossman of Columbus architectural firm GPD Group.

"It's a basic walk-up ATM with a canopy over it and some lighting for security reasons," he said. "There will be a security light within the canopy to give enough light while you're doing transactions."

The bank plans to install the new ATM in the same location of a previous walk-up ATM that was removed a few years ago due to infrequent customer use, Grossman said. The plan to reinstall the ATM has been driven by a consolidation of branches and increased use of ATM and mobile banking in recent years, he added.

"They've seen a lot more traffic, and even walk-up traffic, so they felt it was important to have this second ATM reinstalled," he said. "It will be a good location where there is already a night-deposit box."

Planning Commission Chairman Mike Simpson recommended the bank revise its design plan and remove the addition of a new sign near the proposed walk-up ATM, or decrease the size of the new sign. The building already has a monument sign in front of the building and an additional sign on the west side of the building, Simpson said.

"We'd like for (the walk-up ATM) to be as low-profile as possible," he said. "If this was a new project, we would not approve three signs."

The commission voted to table the bank's application, providing time for the ATM plan to be revised and resubmitted next month.

In other business on July 22, the commission:

* Approved the addition of a free-standing sign in the front yard of the office of Bexley Travel, 2719 E. Main St. The commission's approval included the condition that applicant Marty Adler submit a landscaping plan along with the design of the sign.

* Approved the addition of a neon sign in the window of florist Avant Garden, 539 S. Drexel Ave.

* Tabled an application for elevation changes and other design changes to a building at 2525 E. Main St. Commission members asked applicant Anna Krupovylanskaya to provide more detailed design plans and resubmit the application.