New Albany News

Architectural review board

McCoy center gets city's first electronic sign


The Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts received a waiver Sept. 9 from the New Albany Architectural Review Board to install an electronic sign at the northwest corner of Dublin-Granville and Johnstown roads.

Electronic signs are prohibited in that area of New Albany and in the urban center code, said Stephen Mayer, the city's planner.

Mayer said the electronic sign would be New Albany's first.

City officials recommended the review board approve the waiver but limit the sign to promote "ticketed and special events at the McCoy (center) exclusively," according to Mayer's staff report.

Board members asked if approving the waiver would allow other businesses to request a waiver from the city for similar signage, including electronic billboards.

Mayer said the sign met the criteria for a waiver because it is "unique for the site and promotes a civic amenity."

The board voted 4-1 to approve the waiver, with Jonathan Iten voting against it. Iten said he did not want the city to set a precedent with the waiver.

Shirli Billings, Kim Comisar, Bernie Costantino and Alan Hinson voted in favor. Brian Nebozuk did not attend the meeting and Lewis Smoot Jr. abstained because he serves on the McCoy center board of directors.

The sign will be 4 feet high and 16 feet wide. It will display messages for 30 to 90 seconds and will not use flashing lights, animation or other flashing features.

Mayer said the sign will be installed south of the Phelps House, which serves as the office for the McCoy center. City officials will control the placement, making sure it is far enough away from sidewalks and other posts on that corner so that it does not hinder visibility, he said.

The review board voted 5-0 -- with Smoot again abstaining -- to approve certificates of appropriateness for two other McCoy center signs: a 5-foot, 7-inch high and 7-foot, 6-inch wide dual post, double-sided sign south of the McCoy center on Dublin-Granville Road; and a 35-square-foot wall sign bearing the McCoy center's name on the south side of the building.

In other business Sept. 9, the architectural review board:

* Reconsidered a decision made April 8 for the Emi Pet Salon, which is in a building under construction on Johnstown Road, northwest of Eagle's Villa Pizza and Wayside Florists. The building has been reduced from two stories to one-and-a-half stories, the sign board has been incorporated into the bulkhead on the front of the building and a second door has been added to and one window removed from the rear elevation.

The board approved the change 6-0.

* Approved 6-0 a new wall sign for LGS Staffing at the southwest corner of Dublin-Granville and Reynoldsburg-New Albany roads.

The sign will be 20 inches high and 50 inches wide.