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Downtown Signage Study on Architectural Review Commission Agenda

The signs will better direct residents and visitors to the community’s shopping districts, parking facilities and community assets.

Respondents in a public survey overwhelmingly supported this group of signage. (Courtesy of the Village of Glen Ellyn)
Respondents in a public survey overwhelmingly supported this group of signage. (Courtesy of the Village of Glen Ellyn)

Glen Ellyn’s wayfinding and signage study is proceeding with a public meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 11, during a regular meeting of the Architectural Review Commission. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Galligan Board room of the Glen Ellyn Civic Center, 535 Duane Street. Other items are scheduled for commission review on this night, and village staff anticipates the wayfinding portion will begin sometime after 8 p.m.

The village recently conducted an online survey to solicit feedback on three potential signage designs, prepared by project consultants, The Lakota Group and Western Remac. The survey had 389 respondents, an overwhelming number of which expressed a preference for signage design A.

The project consultants are now working to build-out the preferred signage design and will be presenting a draft of the full proposed sign family at the Sept. 11 meeting. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting and provide further comment and input. 

At the conclusion of the meeting, it is anticipated that the Architectural Review Commission will provide feedback to the consultants for any additional changes, after which the design will be further refined and presented to the Village Board at one of its upcoming meetings. After the design is finalized, the consultants will move into the second phase of the project, which will include an evaluation of sign locations. Additional public input will be sought at that time.

The completion of the wayfinding study was recommended in Glen Ellyn’s 2009 Downtown Strategic Plan and was expanded to include the entire community. The purpose of this study is to strengthen the economic viability of the Village by better directing residents, visitors, shoppers and others to the community’s shopping districts, parking facilities and community assets. In combination with a recently adopted downtown TIF District, downtown streetscape and parking study, downtown historic district, creation of a new downtown organization and a number of code and process changes, it’s just one of many projects that the Village has been working on to implement the recommendations in the Plan. 

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