Y’ville Zoning OKs variance for sign height

A variance was granted on Tuesday afternoon by the Youngsville Zoning Commission that will allow a Family Dollar store, slated to be located at the former Agway site, 70 Railroad St., to have a sign approximately twice as high as permitted by ordinance.

Filed by the Erie Sign Co., the variance application included a schematic that called for a sign approximately 20 feet high.

The maximum height allowed by the Youngsville Borough zoning ordinance is 10 feet.

“We’re dealing with a sign over the height, you’re in on the square footage then?” Commission member Dexter See asked.

A representative from the sign company, Gale Kelly, indicated that the proposed sign is compliant in terms of square footage. When asked by the commission whether the sign is comparable with the Dollar General sign across the street, Kelly indicated that the Dollar General sign is larger.

“That’s why they want it out there,” Kelly said, explaining that a monument sign on the ground would restrict visibility.

Kelly said Family Dollar “wants to compete with their competitor. They want to be seen as well.”

“It’s just going to be a standard luminated sign,” See said.

In other action, a privacy fence was approved at 120 Bates Street and the construction of a garage over two distinct parcels at 401 N. Main St. was approved pending solicitor review or the merger of the two properties.