Westfield City Council hears an amendment to the Junction Planned Unit Development to allow for signs

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A rendering of what some of the Riverview Health Westfield Hospital signs may look like. (Submitted image)

The Westfield City Council met April 9 and heard an amendment to the Junction Planned Unit Development to allow for signs at the new Riverview Health Westfield Hospital.

The amendment would modify the sign standards. Riverview Health is requesting multiple signs that will cover more area than the maximum 500-square-foot space currently allowed by the City of Westfield. Kristen Sprague of Sign Craft Industries made a presentation to the council.

“We are working with Riverview Health on updating the Junction PUD to allow for the proposed signage plan for the new hospital facility going in here at (U.S.) 31 and (Ind.) 32,” Sprague said. “We are proposing quite a few wall signs over the maximum square footage of 500 allowed for signage and two ground signs on the corner of 31 and 32 and an entrance sign when you enter the parking lot.”

Sprague detailed other signs, such as directional signs, wall signs and two logos on either ends of the hospital’s tower. The plan also includes emergency and parking signs.

Council member Cindy Spoljaric raised a question regarding the materials to be used for the signs and if the signs were internally lit. Sprague said some of the signs were internally lit.

“What they’re proposing isn’t out of scale with the building,” Economic Director Matt Skelton said. “Our standards don’t meet up well with a building like this.”

“The signage is very attractive, and being a hospital, people need to find where they need to go,” Council President Jim Ake said. “The materials look like they match the building in the graphic displays.”

The amendment was passed onto the April 16 Advisory Plan Commission meeting.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 23 at City Hall, 130 Penn St. For more, visit westfield.in.gov.

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