Centier Bank at
South Calumet Road is withdrawing its petition for a second free standing
sign and will review the option of having two monument signs instead.
Board of Zoning Appeals voted 3-0 Tuesday to allow Centier to amend its
petition for a preliminary hearing in December, after hearing the original
petition in July.
By obtaining a
variance, Centier wishes to have a sign visible from CR 100E, which is now
the main thoroughfare from CR 1100N. In 2003 the current freestanding sign
was installed at Calumet Rd. when it was the main road until a reconfigured
South Calumet Business District was built along CR 100E.
attorney for Centier Bank, provided the board with a new site plan scrapping
the freestanding signs and proposed a 6.5’ tall monument sign at the
northwest corner of property abutting CR 100E, instead proposing 45 sq. ft.
of signage on each side for a total of 90 sq. ft.
A variance is
sought for a smaller monument sign of 30 sq. ft. on the east side near
Calumet Rd. The freestanding and the awning sign would then be removed.
“We’re getting away
from the big, tall freestanding signs. I think the location will be useful
for southbound and northbound traffic,” Babcock said.
The signage would
be 120 sq. ft. total which is within Town code, Babcock said.
Both BZA members
Jim Kowalski and Kim Goldak said the plan is an improvement over the
proposed two freestanding signs. Kowalski said he appreciates the signs not
blocking the view of neighboring businesses.
Goldak said that
for the public hearing, she would like for Babcock to give further
explanation why a second sign is needed. She reasons that the bank is
wanting a sign at Calumet Rd. to not lose any more customers but would
prefer to know how many. If the BZA allows the bank to have two signs, it
could interest other businesses to petition for additional signs of their
“We’re going to
have other businesses in this area wanting more signage,” Goldak said.
Town engineer Mark
O’Dell said he would like Centier to give the dimensions of its site plan at
the next meeting to see where the signs would be in relation to a sanitary
sewer that runs east and west in the CR 100E right of way.
Sand Creek garage
Also on Tuesday,
the BZA approved, 3-0, four variances in Sand Creek resident Michael
Monaco’s request to build a two-story garage attached to the back of his
house on Nelson Dr.
One variance would
allow a reduction of the 25 foot rear yard setback to 17 feet. Another is to
reduce the side yard setback from 10 feet to 9 feet to allow the roof eave
to not be in the setback, said Terry Hiestand, attorney for the petitioner.
Monaco, who was
present at the meeting, said the house sat vacant for about seven years
before he and his wife purchased it. The owner before them would rent the
home out to university students who left the home in bad shape, he said.
“It was never taken
care of by the original owner,” he said.
Monaco said he’s
put in roughly $250,000 in new improvements to the house and his neighbors
have been thankful for what he has done to restore the property. No neighbor
or anyone from the public attended the meeting to support or oppose Monaco’s
Hiestand said what
Monaco is doing will increase the property values of his neighbors as he
continues to improve his home.
Goldak said it
“sounds like a win-win for everybody.”
The new garage will
require an extra footprint of 636 square feet on the property, Hiestand
said. The garage will be connected to the house by a vestibule but it will
not be accessible from the home’s second floor.
that the BZA make it a stipulation that the second story of the garage will
not be used for living space and that it be checked first that none of the
building will encroach on any drainage easement before a building permit is
would allow the property’s lot coverage to be 46 percent. The usual limit is
30 percent but it is moved up to 40 percent for parcels adjacent to lands
zoned for open space. Monaco’s property borders the golf course at Sand
Creek and most of the homes around the course are at 40 percent, according
to O’Dell. This would mean the amount of variance for the lot coverage will
be only 6 percent.
The board voted 3-0
to grant the variances with O’Dell’s suggestions.
Meanwhile, a public
hearing will be on the BZA’s agenda for December for a petition from the
Joyce Fleming Revocable Trust to reduce the front yard setback from 25 feet
to three feet at 112 Wilson St., in Mogan Park.
The BZA granted a
variance in September to reduce the setback from 25 feet to nine feet and
the setback had been changed from 25 feet to 15 when it was subdivided about
fifteen years ago.
The variance is to
allow the Fleming family to build a one-story home on the property next
year. The property abuts Coffee Creek park and has many existing maple trees
that the family is hoping to retain to keep a scenic view and open space.
Trust, Cliff Fleming told the BZA that since September, he’s had the chance
to speak to his geotechnical engineer who recommended moving the house
forward eight feet or else there would be issues with erosion underneath,
which is why the desired setback is now three feet. The foundation would be
21.5 feet away from the street curb.
BZA Attorney Connor
Nolan said should the new petition fail, the variance for the setback
approved at nine feet would still be in effect.
The BZA voted 3-0
in setting the case for public hearing. BZA members absent Thursday were Joe
Ackerman and Richard Riley.