8/16/16 – 1:26 P.M.
The owner of the Findlay Village Mall may have a tenant lined up for the vacant Sears location, but signage could be an issue in bringing the business to Findlay. Minutes from last month’s board of zoning appeals meeting show attorneys for JJ Gumberg lobbied the board to approve four variances in the zoning code. The minutes show mall ownership has been in talks to bring a Big R store to the mall. Big R has stores in Indiana and Illinois. They specialize in products for both city and rural residents.
At issue is the size of the sign the company wants to use. Attorney Anya Ryjkova told the board the store typically has a “big, beautiful Big R sign notifying the community they are coming to make people excited.” However, the sign in question violates ordinances limiting the number of signs on the mall property and the size of signs allowed. It also would be in violation of two measures that govern electronic sign usage.
Ryjkova told the board the sign came up as an “integral part of the deal.”
After much discussion, the board voted 3-1 against permitting the variance. One of the reasons cited is that the mall’s current signage already exceed zoning requirements and required variances in the past.
You can read the meeting minutes on our website.
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