Downtown business requests lighted sign

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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