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Construction Site Signs: Eyesores or Eye Candy

twinoaks2We recently noticed that large printed signs are wrapping construction sites on Scarsdale streets. The signs are massive and picture the home that is currently under construction at the site. The detailed renderings and name of the construction site screen the work site and serve as large advertisements for the property.

We found this puzzling as Scarsdale has restrictive code about the posting of signs. How is it that these large, billboard-sized signs are permitted? We looked at Village code and were unable to find language that pertained to these new wraps so we asked Assistant Village Manager John Goodwin for an opinion, and here is what he shared:

"The Village does not currently require screening for construction sites in the Village. However, some construction sites have put up screening on the construction site fence on their own. The screening has generally reduced neighborhood complaints and has been viewed as a positive as they block the view of a construction site. The Village has received requests to be make it a requirement for construction sites. Some of these screens have included graphics such as renderings of the house being built. Although certain size advertisement signs are permitted, the Building Inspector is currently reviewing the Village Code to determine if the renderings and other graphics on the screens is a violation."

What do you think? Do these signs enhance or mar the landscape? Post your comments in the section below.

twinoaks

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-3 #12 karen kruger 2014-05-05 11:32
I drive down Weaver Street at least 5 times a day and sit at the traffic light at 5 corners. It is sooooo disheartening to see that ugly building on the corner in our beautiful village. It seems that this monstrosity is permanent. I walk through the village with a group of 5 or 6 women several times a week. We cut through Garden often, and we even commented how nice it is to see these beautiful drawings of an old tudor home that is being renovated and not torn down. History is being preserved. As we walk, we don't need to see all the construction mess, but w e get a nice-pleasant taste of what is being built. It looks gorgeous, and in no way any cookie cutter type of home that we often see in Scarsdale these days. I do not understand how this screening could be interpreted as offensive in any way. It is merely a beautiful drawing of what to expect. I am looking forward to walking down Garden next year and actually seeing this beautiful home.
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0 #11 Sue freeman 2014-05-02 19:43
I can understand people's opinions ....but REALLY...it is ashame that this is what we focus on...a temporary sign...that what I see from the pictures will be a beautiful home! I actually think it is refreshing that the builders is bringing this Tudor back to life and then some as opposed to tearing it down and building a cookie cutter colonial. You may not like the sign but I am pleased to know that the builder is bringing this Tudor back to life and then some. I heard it has a staircase from a ship that fought in the battle of 1812...if history is right then I am so pleased to know this builder is preserving American history. In several months the screen will come down, the ugly dumpsters which I hate seeing on most construction sites will be gone and a beautiful Tudor will be brought back to its glory. We focus on the sign where were all of you when that building went up on Palmer ....which won't come down because it is a PERMANANT building not a sign you may or may not like....take a look at the five corners now :-(
I think our neighborhood will be really beautiful when the house is finished...I can't say much for the eyesore on Palmer avenue.
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+6 #10 Moody Blues 2014-05-02 13:33
This sign plainly violates the Village Code on signs. The builder should be issued a summons.
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+5 #9 Orange62 2014-05-01 20:16
Speaking of eyesores - what about that new (unoccupied) building at 5 corners - Heathcote and Palmer Avenue.
what happened to Architectural relevance? Where's the BAR when you want them?
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+5 #8 Makes for an easy decision 2014-05-01 19:57
Would never use this builder, prefer the quiet classy type. YUCK!
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+7 #7 Scarsdale Builder 2014-05-01 19:41
The hedging screening should be a requirement for new construction in Scarsdale. The fact that this advertisement screening has been allowed to date, is a lack of the building dept enforcing the existing codes that are presently on the books - shame on you - do your job and enforce your codes
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+8 #6 Fedup 2014-05-01 14:11
This town has become so unpleasantly commercial. All of the building is depressing.
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+10 #5 Diane S 2014-05-01 12:43
These signs are an eyesore and a blatant attempt at self promotion on the part of both the developer and home owner - Look at me! Look at me !!!!
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+8 #4 Fellow Developer 2014-04-30 17:12
These signs are outrageous! Village must stop this one particular developer from putting up these obnoxious display.
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+5 #3 Saddened 2014-04-30 11:17
Just another sign of the impending apocalypse. Let's make the village one big ad. Wrap it up in a bow and call it progress and beauty. No?
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