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ARB denies two waiver requests

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The New Albany Architectural Review Board on Feb. 11 denied two requests for a waiver from city code.

One waiver request was for different materials for a private driveway and one was for a commercial business sign

Board members voted 4-0 against both applications, with Bernie Costantino, Alan Hinson, Jonathan Iten and Brian Nebozuk present and Shirli Billings and Kim Comisar absent.

The request from Boris Volovetz to build a concrete driveway at the home he is building at 6883 Jersey Drive in the Wentworth subdivision was denied because code allows concrete sidewalks but requires asphalt driveways.

Volovetz argued that concrete would last longer and board members did not disagree.

Iten said the board could not approve the request based on its ability to grant a waiver, which requires unusual constraints. Iten said there are no unusual constraints so the board could not approve the request.

“I understand your argument but you’re talking about policy and (New Albany City) Council implements policy,” Iten said.

He explained that City Council sets the waiver requirements for the board.

The board also denied a request from new Allstate Insurance representative Al Donahey for a sign on the building at 108 N. High St.

Donahey said he is purchasing the Allstate franchise and moving into the building, which already has one other business as a tenant.

He received permission to include the Allstate logo and phone number on the existing, free-standing sign that is close to New Albany-Condit Road.

But the board denied his request for a waiver to place a 16-square-foot sign on the building.

Adrienne Joly, the city’s deputy community development director, said the free-standing sign is the only sign allowed by city code for that building.

The sign is oversized for that area, having been grandfathered in when the sign code was changed in 2006.

Donahey said it will be difficult to see the lettering on the freestanding sign, which is why he wanted another sign on the building.

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