Spartanburg City Council OKs new parking, discusses sign ordinance

The Spartanburg City Council OK'd the demolition of two obsolete structures to add more parking.

The maintenance department housed on West Broad Street will be moved to Henry Street.   File photo

The Spartanburg City Council OK'd the demolition of two obsolete structures to add more parking.

The buildings slated for demolition are at 177 W. Broad St. and 100 S. Spring St. Sixty new temporary surface spaces will be created and, eventually, there may be a need for a parking garage in that area.

The maintenance department housed on West Broad Street will be moved to Henry Street. A demolition contract for just under $97,000 has been awarded to Demtek.

At the council meeting, changes to sign ordinances were also discussed. Changes will allow for LED signs, within specifications. A new proposal would allow a 6-foot sign to have 30 percent electronic messages, as long as messages do not scroll, flash or pulse. Still images must show for 15 seconds or longer before switching to another image. 

Such signs can only display images from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and must be at least 100 feet away from residential property lines. The changes to the sign ordinance must be approved by the Planning Commission before council votes on them again.

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