Although we were assured in 2005 that there would be no scrolling LED sign at the Walgreens that now graces the gateway to our “village,” this type of sign is likely to rear its ugly head again. If you care about what kind of “look and feel” our traditional village streetscape has, you may want to attend the public hearing (details below).
Following is one of the more benign Walgreens designs. We can already see the metal “awnings” on the building, and windows that are not transparent to the interior. Does this design blend well with the Palace, Pomco’s recent improvements, or the facades of the two independent bookstores we have?
View from James Street looking east:
View from Grant Blvd. looking toward James St.:
Any one of the following Walgreens signs could be your gateway to Eastwood. Which one works best with the character of the street?
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This is where you want to be if you’re concerned about what they’re proposing:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a public hearing will be held Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers, City Hall, Syracuse, New York to consider in full or in part the following applications:
7) Application No. AS-08-33, for a Sign Waiver of area, type, and number, on property situated at 2327 James Street, owned by Five Point Development Grant, zoned Local Business, Class A, pursuant to Part C, Section X, of the City of Syracuse Zoning Rules and Regulations, as amended.
NOTE that this is on a Tuesday, not the usual Monday meeting.
The James Street Overlay District Guidelines, which are a part of the Syracuse Comprehensive Plan (both available on the home page of this website) states the following about signs:
(1) Each business shall be permitted to have one wall or projecting sign on each façade facing a street. The maximum area of each sign (including both faces of a projecting sign) shall be one (1) square foot for each linear foot of the façade width. No signs shall be permitted on facades not facing a street. Projecting signs shall have a minimum clearance above finished grade of at least seven (7) feet and shall project no more than six (6) feet beyond the face of the building. Ground signs and signs above the first floor shall not be permitted. Animated signs and roof signs shall be prohibited and shall not be subject to review as Exceptions. All illuminated signs shall be turned off when the businesses being identified are closed.
When the public shows up at planning commission meetings, they can have an effect on the outcome. If you own property or pay rent in Eastwood, your voice is especially vital at this time.
Whatever is decided about Walgreens will set a precedent for the corner of James and Midler.
Later addition to post:
Councilor for District 5 Lance Denno would like us to know the following:
I will be attending the Planning Commission Public Hearing on Tuesday, 17th. It is, as Lonnie says, best to have plenty of warm bodies there. But if anyone wants to submit a statement and is not able to attend, I would be willing to take those statements with me and submit them for the record – reading as many as time permits.
All statements must include the writer’s name and address. They may be submitted to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lance Denno, District Councilor
Note to planning commission: You are not alone. Schenectady is also facing precisely the same issues.
January 8, 2009
SCHENECTADY — The Board of Zoning Appeals stuck to its guns Wednesday night and rejected the Walgreens application as virtually identical to the State Street plan it had previously denied.
“What’s different about this plan?” asked BZA Chairman James Gleason.
The board voted 5-0, with two members absent, to require Walgreens to file a new application if it wants to try again.
The pharmacy has been waging a war against the city’s new comprehensive plan for almost a year now, in hopes of getting the city to waive its new rules that ban suburban-style designs. The city’s new comprehensive plan calls for a pedestrian-friendly city, with buildings placed near the sidewalk, parking lots behind buildings and far fewer drive-throughs.