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Government

Elmhurst committee advances Schiller Court signage case to City Council

The signs posted along Schiller Court as seen on Aug. 28 in downtown Elmhurst do not conform with city code, city staff said at the Aug. 27 Development, Planning and Zoning Committee meeting, at which the committee unanimously decided to advance a conditional use permit request regarding signage in the walkway.
The signs posted along Schiller Court as seen on Aug. 28 in downtown Elmhurst do not conform with city code, city staff said at the Aug. 27 Development, Planning and Zoning Committee meeting, at which the committee unanimously decided to advance a conditional use permit request regarding signage in the walkway.

ELMHURST – The city of Elmhurst's Development, Planning and Zoning Commitee unanimously decided at its Aug. 27 meeting to advance a conditional use permit request regarding exterior projecting signage along Schiller Walkway in downtown Elmhurst.

The business signage currently displayed in Schiller Court does not conform with city code, city staff said at the Aug. 27 meeting.

Though the three cases have been proposed as separate ordinances, the three property owners along Schiller Court have worked together, city planner Eileen Franz said. Only tenants with frontage along the Schiller Court walkway are eligible for projecting signs, according to a July 13 staff report. Those tenants included Fruitful Yield, Orange Theory, Nu Crepes, Aligned Health and Fresh Twist, as of the time of the July 13 report.

Assistant City Manager Mike Kopp said arranging a sign package for the various applicants involved was challenging, as their companies had different needs for signage, such as where to place it.

The Zoning and Planning Commission held a public hearing in July and deliberated Aug. 21 regarding the cases.

The final agreement as presented in the commission's recommendation between the applicants allowed for each building to have three signs, with each sign being a maximum of 20 square feet per face and projecting from the building a maximum of 5 feet off the building, including the mounting mechanism. Signage can be installed no lower than 8.5 feet off the ground and no higher than 20 feet off the ground, and no sign can be closer than 10 feet from the property line on York Street or Addison Avenue. Projecting signs may not be closer than 15 feet to another projecting sign.

This new signage is intended to replace the building signage that is currently in Schiller Court.

"I do think it looks cluttered as it is, and then to add more, so I'm happy to hear that those would have to come down...it's not in addition to those," alderwoman Noel Talluto said.

She said she believed the conditions the commission applied for the cases were "reasonable."

"Most people are not going to hit their heads on any of them. ... So I am in support of the conditions and the proposal," Talluto said.

Alderman Mark Mulliner said the signage that is currently up on Schiller Court is there because there used to be an archway that went across on both sides of the court on Addison Avenue and York Street to entice people to use the walkway.

"I'm very happy with this. To me, it's one of these things that it's about time we did something down that alleyway...to attract people down that direction," Mulliner said.

The committee decided to put the cases on the consent agenda, and Kopp said city staff plan to have the report ready for the Sept. 4 Elmhurst City Council meeting.

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