HARC Approves Sign Following Compromise

By Ross Hunter

HARC held a re-hearing today of its denial of CDC last week for the new restaurant on the square. The applicant came back with a compromise, which HARC approved by unanimous vote. HARC is treating this sign as a canopy sign, and is allowing the modified area of 23.33 square feet.

The hearing was conducted in a spirit of conciliation from both sides, to see if a further margin of compromise existed. Last week’s meeting ended with everybody pretty frazzled by the complexities of the situation, this meeting was more fruitful.

So this presumably settles the matter, with a CDC now granted. Look for the new restaurant to open soon, in the space vacated by the Loading Dock.

As for the sign, I think we’ll just have to see how we like it in everyday use, if we think it’s too much, too little or just right.

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