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Unity car dealer to add large sign with zoning board's OK

| Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, 8:42 p.m.

A Unity car dealership will add large signage to its building, and a township property owner will build a garage after gaining approval last week at a zoning hearing board meeting.

Jim Flannery, president of Flannery Cars, requested a variance for the business at 113 Harmon Road, just off Route 30 East, to allow the lettering on the side of the building to exceed the 100-square-foot maximum permitted in the B3-zoned property by 12 feet.

Some of the existing signs have a hard time reaching drivers on the westbound side of the divided highway, Flannery said.

“We don't go through a day where we don't have somebody call trying to find us,” he said. “It's not anybody's fault here. That has to do with our location, and it's a very difficult spot to do business from.”

The business wants to add lettering to the top of the facade that reads “Flannery Cars” on an extension from the top of the building and “Used Cars” along one side.

The previous car dealership at that location had similar signage, said board Chairman Tim Thomas.

Zoning Officer Joann Dunn said the township did not oppose the measure. The variance was granted.

In other business, Dennis and Kathy Darling of 171 Beatty County Road requested a variance from the board to build a detached garage next to an existing block building.

Dennis Darling said that even though the combined area of the two buildings would exceed the allowance for the maximum 1,400 square feet permitted in R1-zoned property, the couple wants to secure vehicles and a trailer inside for safety.

“It's a highly trafficked road, and people see my trailer there, and they know I'm there, or they know I'm not there,” he said.

The 32- by-50-foot building would meet the setback requirement and would not affect neighbors, Thomas said.

The township did not oppose the request, Dunn said. The board approved the variance.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or