Westfield City Council approves sign, facility

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Construction is coming to Grand Park and 146th Street as the Westfield City Council approved two projects on Sept. 22.

To create an easier focal point highlighting the four tenants of Bridgewater Center, Throgmartin-Henke Development has requested two 15-feet monument signs. The signs will be placed on 146th Street and Carey Road.

Westfield Senior Planner Kevin Todd said the signs, which will be matching, will have 90-square feet on each side with 75-square feet available for tenant information. Each will have electronic message abilities to show fuel prices at Rickers.

“Instead of having six or seven individual signs, there will be two signs with all the information,” Todd said.

The sign will illuminate green lights instead of red with the gas prices. At night the sign also will only light the lettering and logos of the four businesses rather than the entire piece.

“This is a win-win for the developer and city trying to keep our sign clutter to a minimum while still advertising our businesses,” councilor Steve Hoover said.

Construction on the sign will take place this fall.

Indoor soccer facility

The $24 million indoor soccer facility proposed by Holladay Properties made several architectural changes and added plantings to its landscaping plan from its original presentation to the council on Aug. 11. Major changes made during the advisory plan commission review were corner and column bump outs which will be a different color and texture. While the bump outs will remain as steel panels, officials said they will be powder coated with a stone-type feel. Light fixtures were added to each of the columns and will surround the 372,000-square-foot facility.

While most of the council liked the changes made, councilor Cindy Spoljaric cast the lone dissenting vote to approve the project.

Spoljaric had issues with the project’s landscape plan and how it did not conform to the city’s general business landscaping standards. Economic Development Director Matt Skelton said the project is minimum standards to reduce costs. He said the city owns the land and the council has the ability to add more landscaping.

Other items of business at the meeting included:

• An amendment to the traffic regulations ordinance was made. Dustin Shoe, project engineer in the public works department, asked for a change to a three-way stop at Ayers Lane and Setters Run. The change was requested by residents of the subdivision.

• A public hearing on the city’s 2015 budget was held. No comments were made or submitted to council.


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