The Edmond Sun

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April 14, 2011

Oil company moves downtown

Council grants sign variance request

EDMOND — The City Council approved a sign variance request 5-0 this week for Cleary Petroleum to be located at the rights-of-way at 10 N. Broadway.

This building owned by Citizens Bank is a former Interurban station, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner. Cleary Petroleum would like to place a 13-square-foot sign on an existing canopy, Schiermeyer said. This size is less than what Cleary Petroleum could have, he said.

Unanimous approval has been granted by the Central Edmond Urban Development Board.

“You probably have seen signs that are on canopies. It’s something that is current with a lot of different kinds of businesses and so it should look pretty good,” Schiermeyer said.

City ordinance requires a sign to be within 15 inches from the wall. So the Cleary sign would almost be in compliance at 17 inches of wall separation from the sign, he added. However, the sign would barely be over the sidewalk, Schiermeyer said.

“This is very common. We have eight signs that are in the rights-of-way in downtown Edmond — maybe more,” he said.

This item wouldn’t be discussed if the lettering could be moved back 2-3 inches, said Elizabeth Waner, city councilwoman. Schiermeyer said his opinion is that the sign would look better at the edge of the canopy.

“We chose this design in trying to conform to the historical nature of the building,” said Douglas Cleary, CEO. “We thought it kind of added a 1940s, 1950s kind of appearance with lighted signage out on the end of the canopy and thought it would be attractive for the downtown area.”

Cleary said the business employs 10 full-time people and two part-time people. City Councilman David Miller said he assumed the jobs are not for minimum wage.

“These are not minimum wage jobs. As a matter of fact they kind of keep changing in the upward direction,” Cleary said.

Edmond attorney Randel Shadid said the neighbors of the project support the sign variance.

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