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TOWN OF HINGHAM
BOARD OF APPEALS
Applicant: Plaza Azteca Family Mexican Restaurant
c/o All About Signs, LLC
114 North Street
Georgetown, MA 01833
Property Owner: Dangelo Inc.
PO Box 519
West Bridgewater, MA 02379
Premises: 6 Whiting Street
Hingham, MA 02043
Deed Reference: Plymouth County Registry of Deeds Book 7279, Page 11
SUMMARY OF PROCEEDINGS:
This matter came before the Board of Appeals on the application for a Special Permit A1 filed by All About Signs on behalf of Plaza Azteca. Section V-B, 3. of the Zoning By-Law allows for building signs of up to 60 SF upon the issuance of a Special Permit A1. Plaza Azteca has already installed one 25 SF sign in accordance with a building permit, and now requests a special permit to install a second 25 SF sign on the corner of the building facing Whiting Street, for a total of 50 SF of signage.
A public hearing was duly noticed and held on September 25, 2013, at the Town Hall before a panel consisting of regular members Joseph W. Freeman, Chairman, Joseph M. Fisher and W. Tod McGrath. The Applicant was represented by Mark Richards, Vice-President of Operations for the Plaza Azteca Restaurant and Jim Withrow from All About Signs, LLC.
With the application the Applicant submitted the following:
- Drawings dated 5-14-13 and revised 7-19-13 prepared by All About Signs, LLC, , showing proposed sign details and location on building
- Photographs of the building showing the proposed sign location, with an image of the sign superimposed on the building wall
The applicant explained that the proposed sign location was used by the former occupants of the site to identify its restaurant. The building has multiple entrances and requires more than one sign to properly direct customers.
FINDINGS and DECISION:
A literal enforcement of the Zoning By-Law would result in signs that are insufficient in number to effectively identify the building. Additionally, the Board finds that granting the requested relief will enhance the public good by providing ample and visible signage, which will promote the safe and efficient flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic both on the Property and off-site.
Therefore, at the conclusion of the public hearing, the Board of Appeals voted to GRANT the Special Permit A1 to allow installation of a second 25 SF, externally illuminated, building sign, for a total of two building signs that equal a combined 50 SF.
The relief is granted subject to the conditions:
- Signs are to be installed in accordance with the plans submitted with the application, prepared by All About Signs LLC, dated May 15, 2013 and revised July 19, 2013, and representations made at the public hearing.
This decision shall not take effect until a copy of the decision bearing the certification of the Town Clerk, that twenty (20) days have elapsed since the decision has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk and no appeal has been filed, or that if such appeal has been filed, that it has been dismissed or denied, is recorded with the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds and/or the Plymouth County Land Court Registry, and indexed in the grantor index under the name of the record owner or is recorded and noted on the owner’s certificate of title.
For the Board of Appeals,
Joseph W. Freeman
October 15, 2013