CLARIFICATION: The Lennox House may be able to erect a sign. But it will have to jump through numerous bureaucratic hoops and convince neighbors, some of whom are determined to oppose it. The rules do allow the owners to request an amendment to the 1997 development plan to drop the ban on a free-standing sign. And the Historic Preservation Board will consider allowing the sign, if the owners and innkeepers decide to petition for it.
You can have a business in Colorado Springs’ Old North End. But don’t think about advertising it. Unless you are a day care center or home furnishing business or apartment building.
There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the city rules that allow some businesses lighted signs while denying others simple, wooden signs.
That’s the case with Lennox House Bed & Breakfast at 1339 N. Nevada Avenue.
The Lennox House was allowed to open in 1997 but not to put a sign in the yard. The only thing identifying it as different from surrounding Victorians in the Old North End is a small plaque on the wall. See it there? Next to the window? DIdn’t think so. Me neither. I drove right past the place.
Here’s a better look at it.
Here’s the sign Innkeeper Mike Beck erected in his front yard.
Here’s a map from FlashEarth.com of the Lennox House:
Beck learned that adding a sign in the yard wasn’t as simple as digging a hole. There are bureaucracies to deal with it. Doesn’t matter nearby businesses have signs. With lights. They are grandfathered in.
Even though a neighbor or two complained and Beck’s first attempt to put up his sign was denied, he still has a chance to get it approved. It will require applications and permits and public meetings and time off work for hearings.
Guess it is a sign of the times.