Monday, June 22, 2009

Walgreens Sign Rejected

A proposed new Walgreens, being built on the corner of N. Washington Ave. and 10th Street in Cookeville will NOT have an electronic reader board sign, like those at many other Walgreens locations around the country. The Cookeville planning commission Monday night denied a request from the developer to allow such a sign because the new Walgreens is being built in what's called a neighborhood commercial zone. City planner James Mills says that zone is intended to accommodate commercial establishments that blend in with the surrounding neighborhood, and he says that a free-standing, lighted sign would not do that. But Mills pointed out that current regulations do allow for such signs to be located on up to 25 percent of the wall space within the store. He says that could potentially be more detrimental than a process whereby reader signs would be allowed under special exception. The guidelines for granting such an exception will be reviewed by the planning commission next month. The new Walgreens store on Washington Ave. is not anticipated to open until some time next year.