2018-03-07 / News

Zoning Board Okays Church Sign, Variance Extensions

The Archbold Zoning Board of Appeals approved a variance for a sign for the Templo Cristiano, during its Thursday, March 1 meeting.

Carma Grime, village planning-zoning director, said the church, at the corner of Franklin and Park streets, is planning on building a sign, 4 feet by 8 feet, for a total of 32 square feet.

The zoning code allows a sign of 15 square feet.

The church is asking for a 17-square-foot variance.

Rod Rodriguez, a representative of the church, said the sign will be bilingual. The added space is needed to announce the Englishlanguage services.

The sign will not be lighted, he said.

The board approved the variance.

Joe Short, rural Archbold, asked for a one-year extension on a zoning variance granted in 2017 for the construction of an office building at 600 Stryker St.

The lot, the sight of a former ice cream stand and restaurant, is vacant.

Short explained he has an office in Bryan that he is renting from the previous owner.

The previous owner decided to sell the building, so the resources he planned to use to build the office building were used to purchase the building in Bryan.

Short said drawings for the new building are ready to be submitted for necessary permits.

The board discussed the sidewalk along Stryker Street in front of Short’s lot; however, technically, a sidewalk does not exist.

No sidewalk was included in the plans when the lot was originally laid out.

Short said he tells people there is an “imaginary sidewalk.” If it snows, he said he will remove snow from the imaginary sidewalk.

Painting stripes outlining a sidewalk on Short’s lot would interfere with parking, he said.

The board voted to grant the extension of the variance.

The board also granted a six-month extension of a variance granted to Gary Grieser, Archbold, for two zero-lot-line homes at the west end of Wilson Street.

Grime said Grieser has buyers for the both sides of the duplex, and has a contractor ready.

Zoning regulations call for an 11,000 square-foot lot. There are only 10,400 feet available, for a variance of 600 square feet.

The zoning board asked about a car that was parked outside in a back yard along South Defiance Street.

Board members said the car has been parked there for a number of months. Grime said she would check it out.

There also was a question about weeds at a business on South Defiance Street. Grime said she keeps an eye on that problem.

Brad Roth and Marty Mayer were absent. No future meetings are scheduled.

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