Raleigh considers changes to window signage at local businesses

It all started with the complaints about an LED sign at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Peace Street.
February 25, 2014 2:15:14 PM PST
Signs in businesses all over Raleigh could be in violation of some new regulations the city council is considering.

It all started with the complaints about an LED sign at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Peace Street in downtown Raleigh.

"It was extremely bright, and it changed content fairly constantly and especially at night it was difficult to focus on anything else," said Cameron Park Neighborhood President Neil Riemann.

Reimann and others took their concerns to the city, which had some unintended consequences.

Now, the city is considering regulating signs inside storefront windows the same way it would outdoor signs. According to a city report, nearly a quarter of all business would be in violation of the new rules.

Food Lion grocery stores argue the need for the signs. In a letter to city council members, the company said: "While we understand the council's desire to limit egregious signage, such significant restrictions would negatively impact Food Lion's ability to communicate with customers."

Right now, the planning commission is still deciding what to recommend to the full council. They have three months to make a recommendation. Once they come up with something, there will be another public meeting.

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