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Dobbs Ferry Architectural Board Approves Signs

The board room was scattered with various residents Monday night, as they hoped to potentially change various aspects of the way Dobbs Ferry appears.

The Dobbs Ferry Architectural and Historical Review Board met to discuss a series of new signs and fixtures in the village. The meeting included private residences and businesses in the village such as Pilates and More, Amy's Sweet Spa and even the Dobbs Ferry Hospital. The majority of the applications filed were requests to put up new signs.

Susan Morse represented local business, Pilates and More, as it applied for the right to put up a new sign in its front window. The business is located at 127/129 Main Street in downtown Dobbs Ferry. The board and Morse discussed the proposed sign and threw ideas back and forth that would meet the village's requirements.

Pilates and More has several signs up already, but intends to replace them. "The majority of the signs, the colorful ones, in the window now are temporary things," Morse said. The board did offer some suggestions for ways to alter the proposed sign, but it was eventually approved as submitted.

Amy's Sweet Spa was another business that put in an application for a new sign. There was speculation over the color of the sign though as the spa submitted a design that featured a green sign with black lettering. The design was of a 10 inch sign even though the window frame is only 9'8 inches, which led board member Fred Larson to tell the business that it could not submit it the way it was currently designed.

In order to improve this, the drawing attached to the print of the sign is not to be used," Larson said.The board approved the application under the condition that a new drawing would be brought in to ensure it fit into the store's window frame.

Dobbs Ferry Hospital, represented by Michael Santoliquido of San Signs and Awnings, also had an application heard for a new sign. The hospital needs its signs to be lit, but regulations make it illegal in most instances, according to Santoliquido.

"Only the letters will illuminate in the sign," Santoliquido said. "In zoning, the illumination was the biggest issue."

Light boxes are not allowed in the village, but exceptions are made for hospitals, which have valid reasons for needing lit signs. Only the letters can be illuminated though, not the background, which is exactly what the hospital proposed for its new signs -- it was approved as submitted.

The next Architectural and Historical Review Board in Dobbs Ferry will take place June 27 and all applications are due by June 16 at 2 p.m. After residents make their presentations they will receive a letter in the mail with a copy of the official decision of Building Inspector Brian Cook.

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