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Downtown business requests lighted sign

Monday, March 19, 2012 12:15 PM
Last updated Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:22 AM
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A business in the downtown historic district is requesting a lighted sign outside its establishment, and the Augusta Historic Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday to address the request.

Lavish Ultra Lounge, at 813 Broad St., has asked to place a 3-foot 8-inch by 14-foot, single-face, internally lighted sign, said Lois Schmidt, the administrative manager for the planning and development department for the city.

“It will be mounted to the building and above the doorway. It will not be a marquee. It will not come out over the sidewalk,” she said.

A notice of public hearing posted at the business states that the property is under consideration for a certificate of appropriateness for a new lighted sign.

The commission will hold the hearing at 5:30 p.m. in Room 802 of the Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building, which is at 530 Greene St.

The public hearing for the request is standard, and the item has been placed on the agenda for historic preservation, Schmidt said.

“It is in the downtown historic district, so any sign or outside work has to be approved by them,” Schmidt said. “It’s not that there’s anything particularly unusual about it.”

The Augusta Historic Preser­vation Commission meets on the fourth Thursday of each month to discuss matters of interest in the three historic districts – Summerville, downtown Augusta and Olde Town, she said.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/19/12 - 11:30 am
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They need to be reducing the

They need to be reducing the amount of light pollution down there, not adding to it.

spotted_assassin
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spotted_assassin 03/19/12 - 12:22 pm
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"Light Pollution"...really?

"Light Pollution"...really? Folks complain about the lack of patronage in the downtown area, but when someone want to put up a sign (to increase patronage), you have people like Little Lamb coming out of left field with this "light pollution" mess!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/19/12 - 12:38 pm
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Google "light pollution" and

Google "light pollution" and you'll get dozens of hits. Here is a good web site:

Starry Night Lights

Here is a National Geographic article:

Light Pollution

vbost
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vbost 03/19/12 - 01:19 pm
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Seriously Little Lamb, light

Seriously Little Lamb, light pollution!!! Just close your eyes and it will be fine. It's the 800 block of Broad Street not Olde Town or the Hill.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 03/19/12 - 10:01 pm
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How about mind pollution?

How about mind pollution? Can't you just imagine what's going up on that lit up board? Just say, "No, to the sign." Broad Street is ugly enough as it is.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 03/19/12 - 10:29 pm
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And criminals hide from

And criminals hide from honest men in the dark of night.

countyman
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countyman 03/20/12 - 12:00 am
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This is located right across

This is located right across the common from the Sprint Food & Metro Market construction..

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 03/20/12 - 03:54 am
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Let them have the sign.

Let them have the sign. Light pollution?? Yeah, we've all heard about it, but "light pollution" in downtown Augusta? C'mon.

CabisKhan
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CabisKhan 03/20/12 - 07:01 am
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When downtown at night I like

When downtown at night I like to be bathed in light pollution.

David Parker
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David Parker 03/20/12 - 07:35 am
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Lavish Ultra Lounge ooh lala!

Lavish Ultra Lounge ooh lala!

fiveobike1
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fiveobike1 03/20/12 - 09:03 am
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What has our country come to

What has our country come to where i man has to petition the local government to put up a sign on his own property...
There has to be a free speech law suite in here somewhere....
light pollution.. what the.......

fiveobike1
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fiveobike1 03/20/12 - 09:04 am
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forgive the above type-o's...

forgive the above type-o's... :(

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/20/12 - 09:35 am
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Hey fiveobike, if you think

Hey fiveobike, if you think that's bad, you ought to see the sign regulations in Evans Towne Centre Overlay District!

ChadMac
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ChadMac 03/20/12 - 04:44 pm
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The "Augusta Historic

The "Augusta Historic Preservation" thing is what is holding our city back from becoming a great city like Atlanta. I for one would love to see more lights and a more modern look come to downtown Augusta. All the other cities around us are kicking our butt. Less lights in a downtown city...well that's the funniest thing I've heard in a long time. If you want less lights move to the country. Most of the people that say they don't want it are probably the same people that never support downtown's nightlife. You say no but when was the last time you spent your tax dollars after dark? Just know times have changed and If you want to take a stroll down memory lane then you should go to a museum or shop at one of the many antique shops downtown. I also think the baseball field is a great Idea. The marquee on the front of the Imperial theater Is the greatest thing to hit broad street. I would love to see people driving in from out of town following the lights of sky trackers that lead them to downtown Augusta. I wish I could go downtown grab something to eat then go see a movie at a place like regal 20 then step out and enjoy a few drinks at one of the many bars/clubs down their all while enjoying all the new city lights. I vote for a more modern Augusta.

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