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Burbank, CA Working to Preserve Nearly 80 Signs With Historic Value

Many of the historical items found throughout Burbank, CA don’t need signs to indicate where they are — as they are already signs themselves for businesses like the Smoke House, Safari Inn, Umami Burger and more. According to the Burbank Leader, a recent survey found that there are nearly 80 signs located throughout the city’s […]

Burbank, CA Working to Preserve Nearly 80 Signs With Historic Value

Many of the historical items found throughout Burbank, CA don’t need signs to indicate where they are — as they are already signs themselves for businesses like the Smoke House, Safari Inn, Umami Burger and more.

According to the Burbank Leader, a recent survey found that there are nearly 80 signs located throughout the city’s commercial district, prompting many residents to urge the City Council to pass an ordinance that would encourage business owners to preserve the signs.

The survey, conducted over the summer, found 42 intact and unchanged signs that date to pre-1969 times; these signs have been designated as “Tier 1.” The city’s 37 “Tier 2” signs also date prior to 1969, but have been modified since their original installations. According to the Burbank Leader, the Tier 1 signs likely qualify for the city’s criteria for historic designation.

“Restoring signs is all about striking a balance between giving businesses a voice and a chance to promote themselves all while maintaining uniqueness and preserving the historic value of a town.” says Bill Hayes, President of Sign Dealz. “Sign companies have a big role in helping municipalities maintain the look and feel of their historic districts.”

Presently, the City of Burbank has nothing in place to help businesses preserve their pieces of the city’s history — in fact, according to city associate planner Amanda Landry, the city sometimes prevents sign restorations by requiring older signs to lose their “grandfather” status, which protects them against modern codes, if they are removed for repair.

The proposed ordinance would allow business owners to repair their historic signs as needed without fear of the modern-day building codes that the signs might otherwise violate, the Burbank Leader reports.

Landry told the Burbank Leader that the ordinance will have to go through a public hearing and review by the planning board before the City Council can approve it.

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