ELMHURST – Schiller Court businesses will now be allowed to install exterior projecting signs to increase their visibility in downtown Elmhurst.
The Elmhurst City Council unanimously approved an ordinance granting a conditional use permit to certain Schiller Court properties as part of its Sept. 17 consent agenda.
The properties, which are at 109 and 115 Schiller Court and 136 N. York St. in Elmhurst, worked together for the permit, city planner Eileen Franz said at an Aug. 27 Development, Planning and Zoning Committee meeting.
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 report.
The final agreement allows 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.
The new signage is intended to replace the building signage that is currently in Schiller Court, which does not conform with city code, city staff said at the committee meeting, after which the committee advanced its report to the City Council in favor of granting the conditional permit to the businesses.
Alderman Mark Mulliner said the signage that is 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 at the committee meeting.
Aldermen Michael Honquest and Mike Brennan were absent from the Sept. 17 meeting.