for signage on Henderson

for signage on Henderson

An Upper Arlington restaurant and coffee shop were granted permission to use additional signage to advertise their businesses to passing traffic after members of the Board of Zoning and Planning voted to approve a variance at its Aug. 15 meeting.

The owners of the Quiznos and Starbucks franchises at the 2049-2051 West Henderson Road location were seeking to implement a comprehensive graphics plan. In addition to improved landscaping, the plan includes a new freestanding sign with the current mounted signage on the property's building remaining in place.

Board chairman Thomas J. Riley told representatives of the restaurant and coffee shop that he was responsible for reporting the businesses for previous violations.

"I live in that neighborhood and I'm the one who called the city about all the signs you had," he said.

To make sure that signage aesthetically complements the area and its buildings, businesses that are located in the city's Planned Mixed Use District are required to seek approval for comprehensive graphics plans. The management of the shops had first submitted an application last October, but the city initially stated there wasn't enough space for signs for both businesses.

Before receiving approval, the restaurant's managers also needed to rectify code violations including the poor condition of landscaping, a fence in disrepair and dumpster without a gate.

In other business before the board last week, Joshua Alderman received approval for the construction of a two-story addition encroaching 4.2 feet into a 10-foot minimum required west side setback at 2231 Abington Road.

The board's decision had been postponed from the June meeting so that the applicants could make revisions to their plans for the home. The house, which was built in 1937, followed the 1927 and 1941 zoning codes that required minimum yard setbacks not to exceed eight feet. The current code requires a minimum side yard setback of 10 feet.

The revisions included reducing a west side wall to 40 feet and eliminating a fourth window on west.

Scott and Kerstin Humphrys of 1771 Roxbury Road received approval for the construction of an enclosure of a screened porch that projects into a platted 40-foot front yard setback. The porch was part of the home when it was built in 1926.

The variance was necessary because the city's United Development Ordinance prohibits residents from altering non-conforming structures that further the non-conformity.