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03-00500188- 00076115 DESIGN REVIEW BOARD STAFF REPORT Project Manager: Molly Hitchcock Date: October 24, 2003 E -mail: mhitchcock @cstx.gov For MAD HATTER'S (SNFC) (03 -188) In the design districts (including the WPC, NG -1, NG -2, and NG -3 districts), all substantial maintenance (including but not limited to rehabilitation, facade work, and change of exterior materials or other construction, including the replacement or alteration of signs) shall be subject to the design district building and sign review process. Zoning District: NG -1 Core Northgate Location: 317 University Drive Applicant: Kerri Brightwell Item Summary: The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) allows attached signs in NG -1. They shall not exceed a total of two square feet per linear foot of the main or entry facade. With 50 feet of frontage on University, the maximum amount of signage the building may have is 100 square feet. The current proposal is for approximately 28 sq.ft. of signage (20 on the front facade and 8 on the rear). The applicant has also proposed to brick the front facade. Item Background: The "Northgate Design Guidelines" provides guidance on the placement and design of signs as follows: • Signs should relate in placement and size to other building elements. • Signs should not obscure other building elements such as window, cornices, or decorative details. • Sign material, style, and color should compliment the building facade. • Individual shop signs in a single storefront should relate to each other in design, size, color, placement on the building, and lettering style. • Wood or metal is recommended. • Illuminated plastic signs are strongly discouraged. • Letters exceeding 14" in height are discouraged in pedestrian oriented areas. In regards to building elements, the guidelines state: "Materials should appear similar to those used throughout the district" • Masonry materials are preferred, primarily stone and brick. • Other materials may be considered by the board, but they should appear similar in character to those used in the district. Issues /Items for Review: 1. Signs 2. Facade treatment Attachments: 1. Application 2. Sign proposal 3. Elevations