An off-site sign variance for Henderson Hills Baptist Church with Integris Health Edmond was approved unanimously by the Edmond City Council this week.
A one-sided stone-base sign will be placed in commercial zoning on the northeast corner of 15th Street and Interstate 35, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner. A recommendation for approval had been given by the Edmond Planning Commission.
Henderson Hills is at 1200 E. I-35 Frontage Road and is next door to Integris just to the north.
The 13-foot sign would be lighted with directions to the church and hospital entrances, which are about 300 feet from the sign’s placement.
“As you know if you’ve been to that location, neither campus is visible from the corner of 15th Street and I-35,” said Kim Swyden, Henderson Hills executive pastor as well as chairman of the board of Integris Health Edmond.
Henderson Hills enjoys its pastoral setting, Swyden said. Integris believes their hospital building on the ridge is a healing kind of setting for patient care, he added.
“A person going for an emergency when time is of the essence would really benefit from having that directional sign there,” he said.
Integris and Henderson Hills have a proven record of cooperation, Swyden said. Integris is supportive of the Ministries of Jesus clinic, located on church property.
“This is more than an advertising sign,” Swyden said. “We believe it’s a sign that will help save lives when people get to that corner.”
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