Zoning board restricts Lake Street signs in Penn Yan

The new McDonalds restaurant that will replace the existing building at 235 Lake St., across from the Lake Street Plaza will look much different than the current building, but the large golden arches sign at the street will not change.

The Penn Yan Zoning Board of Appeals approved a variance to the village sign code for the new restaurant, allowing the pole sign to remain unchanged and two golden arches at 14 sq. ft. each on the building. The entrance and exit signs at the street must not include the company logo.

The village code permits one pole sign and one sign on the building exterior, according to ZBA Chairman Steve Owens.

The company’s variance application had sought two signs on the building of the word “McDonalds,” the golden arches over the entrances, logos on the entrance and exit signs and a pylon sign with lighted message board. The revised plan was approved unanimously by the zoning board of appeals.

During the discussion of the plan, Mary Zelazny of the 2020 Vision Group said, “I just think it’s (five signs) too much signage.” She said if the large pylon sign was removed, the signs on the building would be acceptable. “We want our community to be nice. We want reasonable development. We want attractive development. We want Penn Yan to be nice.”

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