GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
April 23, 2007
Members Present: Chip Blanchard, Jack Burriss, Jackie O’Keefe, Tim Riffle
Members Absent: Tom Mitchell, Carl Wilkenfeld
Visitors Present: John Thornborough, Dennis Cauchon, Paul Quinn, Bev Kappel, Pete Ullman, Bill Watts, Randy Durham, Tod Frolking, George Fackler, Jeanne Cummings
Also Present: Lauren Repas, Planning Intern
Minutes of April 9: Page 2, typo: change “stone fronts” to store fronts halfway down page. MR. BURRISS MOVED TO APPROVE MINUTES AS AMENDED; MR. BLANCHARD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Citizens Comments: Mr. Pete Ullman has lived here all his life, as have his grandparents, who owned the drugstore. He cannot believe the GPC could be representing the Village of Granville in administering the AROD code and approving the two-story “flashcube” at Cleveland Hall. He believes those who approved the vote should be “man enough to rescind their error and save a lot of time for Village Council.”
First Federal Savings, 126 N. Prospect – Sidewalk Sign
.Ms. Repas said the bank wishes to replace the green and white text on their old plastic sign with blue background and white text as pictured on the application. Mr. Randy Durham said it will be outside only during hours of operation and will be located right in front of the building along the sidewalk.
Mr. Riffle noted that it needs to be where it will not impede pedestrian traffic. Mr. Durham said there are other sidewalk signs in the sidewalk, and Ms. Repas will look into this situation and correct it. Ms. Repas will approve final location.
MR.BURRISS MOVED TO APPROVE 07-019 WITH THE STIPULATION THAT THE ACTING VILLAGE PLANNER WILL DECIDE ON FINAL LOCATION. MR BLANCHARD SECONDED AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Evelyn Frolking, 120 East Broadway – Flower Stand
Tod Frolking explained that his wife has had her shop for three years. The first year it was at 120 E. Broadway and then she moved down the street, but 120 is better because there is a wall and it is less congested without less visibility. Prudential wants the flower stand there.
MR. BLANCHARD MOVED TO APPROVE AS A RECOMMENDATION TO VILLAGE COUNCIL TO PERMIT THE FLOWER STAND. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Arby’s, 100 Speedway Drive – façade change
Paul Quinn explained the request to change the mullion color from burgundy to white on the windows as a problem of the glass manufacturer being unable to warrant the burgundy. He did not provide color sample, and GPC was concerned about the stark white. He said he could provide a color sample to Ms. Repas.
Ms. O’Keefe asked about other white on the pediment and was told it is a cream color
Mr. Burriss thought the pediment should be more sandstone, and we might prefer that on the windows. Nevertheless, he prefers the originally approved color scheme.
Mr. Blanchard thought tan would complement better than white, and Mr. Burriss agreed.
John Thornborough noted that GPC spent a considerable amount of time on the design of this building and came up with an attractive building. He is not sure their warranty problems should cause GPC to change.
Dennis Couchon added that if this is an issue of safety, that would be different, but this is not a matter of safety. GPC should not be working at the convenience of a fast food restaurant.
Ben Rader thought that the compromise of the tan color is appropriate. If there is a problem with warranty, a change needs to be made. Mr. Riffle replied that we have made compromises with others, and sometimes it has to be done. If you have ever worked with a place where the warranty does not hold up, the problem could be a worse problem than just the color.
Mr. Quinn said they are not trying to get out of anything, but the warranty is a problem and they don’t want to have to keep replacing windows.
Ms. O’Keefe noted that Arby’s has bent over backwards to please the GPC.
MR. BLANCHARD MOVED TO APPROVE 07-024 WITH THE STIPULATION THAT MS. REPAS AND/OR A MEMBER OF GPC HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO VIEW AND APPROVE THE TAN COLOR AND MAKE A DETERMINATION AS TO WHETHER IT IS APPROPRIATE. THE DEFAULT IS WHITE, BUT THE COMMISSION HOPES TAN WILL BE THE SELECTION. MR.BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Finding of Fact: MR. BURRISS MOVED TO APPROVE FINDINGS FOR A AND B UNDER NEW BUSINESS AND A UNDER OLD BUSINESS AND WE FIND THEM CONSISTENT WITH RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THE CODE AS OUTLINED IN MS. REPAS’S MEMO OF APRIL 23. MR. BLANCHARD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Mr. Fackler has worked on the recommendations of a previous meeting and is ready to work on final design for the barnlike structure. Mr. Burriss reiterated the suggestion for the appearance of the doors, and Mr. Blanchard wished to have the 80’ expanse in front broken up in some way
Mr. Burriss sketched a plan, and Mr. Fackler liked the suggestions in design of building and roof and will return with a final plan in two weeks.
Mr. Burriss summnarized:
- Break up the 80’ long massiveness in some way
- Change the engineering metal pattern of corrugation on side and roof
- Stone veneer on foundation. That could be taken up in the bay we proposed.
- Custom-built cupola
- Skip the “Chicago” window with broad windows on either side.
Ms. Cummins, a developer, wishes to erect a building next to Arby’s with a glass façade similar to Caribou Coffee. There will be awnings over the windows.
Mr. Burriss noted that we have received a couple of proposals in that area, and some guidelines offered for them could be used by Ms. Cummings: We do not want a strip mall, and it should not feel that way. Break up the awnings, add gables, center signs over doors, pull out the center area, add distance between cars and façade, match landscape design to Arby’s and Speedway, decrease parking spaces and screen the parking, face the building in a different position, plan a way for dumpster and truck access, don’t have a blank wall facing Rt. 16.
Questions for Lauren Repas – Follow-up:
1. Mt. Parnassus property. Our Engineer has not yet spoken to the owner. They are dumping junk over the hill; they have screened it but it is not adequate. It’s a safety issue if they are dumping spoils down the hill and it slides down. We need to ask the Law Director about this
2. Brews. Ms. Repas found a letter in which Mr. Strayer said they need to have dumpster location taken care of. She has a call in to him about this.
3. Neon sign at the Wine Shop. She has a letter to be given to them tomorrow.
4. CVS is changing the sign on Wednesday or Thursday of this week. They must remove the self-adhesive sign. No beer signs will be allowed.
Adjournment: 9:02 p.m.
Next Meeting: May 14