BATH TOWNSHIP – The Bath Township Board of Trustees approved a proposal allowing the proprietors of The Province off-campus student apartments to install new signage and lighting at the apartment complex, located at 3419 Cloveridge Court.
During the Aug. 30 township meeting, Township Trustee Tom Pitstick said he went out to The Province and surveyed the sites where the proprietors will be erecting the two signs and lighting.
“I have no problem with what they want to do. The larger sign is big, but it will be on a wall that is some distance from the road. There is a pond between the wall and the road too,” Pitstick said. “Proportionately, it will look fine. I also think the other sign is appropriate for the place they want to erect it.”
Township Trustee Steve Ross asked Township Zoning Inspector Jim Miller to weigh in on the matter. Miller said he did not want the larger sign, which would be erected on the existing stone retention wall, to look like a billboard.
“It is certainly a bit excessive in size. I do not think that the website information or phone number needs to be included on the larger sign because it would be difficult for someone to stop on such a busy roadway and write down the information,” Miller said. “I just want to keep it as clean looking as possible.”
Miller pointed out that the smaller sign, which would be erected at the entrance of the apartment complex, would be constructed along a private drive. This location would allow a motorist the opportunity to write down any information off the sign.
Ross said he agreed with Miller and suggested that the website information and telephone number be omitted from the larger sign.
“You can just take your cellphone, Google it, and get that information,” Ross said. “It is a suggestion. We are not saying no,”
During the July 19 township meeting, Thomas Genna, general manager at The Province, provided township trustees with detailed specifications and drawings of the signs and lighting.
One large, non-illuminated sign will be installed on the existing stone retention wall, located 107 feet from Kauffman Avenue. The 5-foot-high-by-16-foot-wide Alumilite sign will include The Province’s green and white logo, as well as The Province Dayton website information and phone number. The 19-inch-tall letters will be made out of outdoor exterior sign foam and painted green and white as well. Genna explained that the sign would be installed using standard masonry screws and spacers to keep the signage level on the stone surface.
A 36-inch-high-by-120-inch-wide, single-sided monument sign will be installed 46 feet from Zink Road and positioned parallel to the road. The Alumilite sign will have a green and white vinyl corporate logo and 1-inch-thick foam lettering that will include The Province Dayton website information and phone number. Genna said the sign would be bolted to a wood pergola frame that would stand 8 feet high from grade and approximately 14 feet wide and mounted into two, concrete-filled brick bases. Low-wattage, solar-powered downlights will be attached directly to the top of the signs.
The Bath Township Trustees will meet again in regular session 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the township building, 1006 Yellow Springs-Fairfield Road.
Linda Collins is a freelance writer for Greene County News.