Signs pointing to businesses proposed
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:00 AM
The addition of off-premise directional signs for downtown Philadelphia is being considered by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, particularly along the one-way streets of Main and Beacon.
City building official Jay Eakes had earlier asked the board to consider a change to the city's sign ordinance on behalf of the new Myxers Wine, Liquors and Spirits on Beacon Street.
The owners of the liquor store want to erect a sign behind their building on Main Street to direct motorists to its Beacon Street location, Eakes said.
Mayor James A. Young said the directional signs would be more aesthetically appealing for the downtown area as opposed to changing the ordinance to allow individual businesses to put up their own signs.
"It has a little bit of class to it," he said of the proposed new signage that would be in the historical district.
Eakes said the city could purchase and erect the posts, with the business owners purchasing the individual signs to be placed on each post.
Multiple signs, about 18 inches square, could be added to each post, he said.
Eakes suggested that such businesses as Steve's on the Square might like to add one on Main Street while Kademi might place one on Beacon Street.
Mayor Young encouraged aldermen to gauge interest from downtown business owners as well as the Board of Directors of Main Street Association.
In other action from the Nov. 5 meeting, aldermen:
Approved a road bore under Main Street and Poplar Avenue.
Approved for the assistant police chief to attend the Chiefs of Police Winter Conference in Tupelo.
Purchased lights and sirens for two police vehicles at $4,329.98, the cost being reimbursable through a JAG grant.
Approved for the city clerk to attend the winter conference in Jackson.