Sure Signs owner Scott Fodor was in chambers during last Monday evening’s Village of Sunbury Planning & Zoning Commission meeting seeking a Right-Of-Way encroachment variance for a new building at the former Ellis Brothers Concrete property at 142 East Granville Street. If the variance were approved, Fodor also asked for a final application approval for the property.
Fodor said the two story building would have parking in front for the limited walk-in business in the building’s 1,000 square foot showroom; that the building would be primarily used for his sign shop and manufacturing.
“We think it will be an improvement for the village to get that corner cleaned up,” Fodor said. “For phase two at a later date we would like to put another building on top because we’ll eventually need more shop and manufacturing space – this will give us room for that.”
The site is zoned Industrial. Code calls for a 100-foot setback from the State Route 37 ROW. Fodor asked zoning commission members to allow a 30-foot setback.
Sunbury Consulting Engineer Wes Hall, CT Consultants, said the nearby car wash and Certified Gas Station are both well within right-of-way.
“Even across the street, the old mill office is 35 feet from the road’s center line,” Hall said. “All buildings along that corridor are well within the setback. The old Ellis building was 20 feet from the right of way; his building will be 30 feet. The site is zoned Industrial, but that code was written for larger sites. I think the location justifies his request.”
Commission member Dave Martin noted that the village owned former Lions Building is right up against the road – also within the right-of-way.
Commission members approved Fodor’s variance request, contingent upon the building plan Fodor submitted – the variance is specific to Fodor’s proposal.
Following the variance approval, commission members granted a final site approval contingent on final engineering approval.
Hall asked for a landscape plan and lighting plan; building materials facing north, west, and east must be natural – stucco, split face block, or HardiPlank.
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