I too hope that the city does the right thing and upholds the zoning Overlay standards. Assertions have been made time and again that Eastwood looks the way it does because of neighbors and or the Zoning Overlay Guidelines. This is false. The reason why Eastwood has some problems with appearance is firstly because property owners, such as the owner of the old Steak and Sundae building and Byrne Dairy properties have made a conscious decision to allow these properties to fall into disrepair. The plan is for neighbors to get so fed up that we will accept what ever they decide is appropriate.
Furthermore, Eastwood has been allowed (as elsewhere in the city) to develop as any property owner sees fit because of a lack of design standards. The first exception to that previous statement is Walgreens and Pompco. Wow, the best looking properties on James Street. The only two that have complied with zoning overlay district standards and guidelines. It shows you what can be done when property owners and developers choose to do the right things and comply with certain standards.
It is for the betterment of Eastwood and the hope that the business district will look good in the future that I ask the city planners to please uphold the standards and guideline that were passed into law. One of the standards states that no free standing signs will be allowed. Remember if we make this exception we will have to continue to make exceptions. Walgreens did a nice job with their building. Across the street is a nice pocket park with a monument to soldiers. Let’s not muck it up with a digital signage announcing a sale on toilet paper.