True Grit Fitness is opening a new facility in Danville

Oct. 29—DANVILLE — True Grit Fitness is expanding in Danville.

The Danville Zoning and Planning Commission will consider a request from True Grit Fitness to amend the zoning map at the commission’s 5:15 p.m. Nov. 3 meeting at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St.

True Grit Fitness is seeking to change the zoning map from B-2 Highway Commercial to B-3 General Commercial zoning for the vacant property at North Vermilion Street and Devonshire Drive for an athletic training facility.

Danville Community Development Administrator Logan Cronk said the vacant site is the closest lot to Devonshire Drive on the west side of Vermilion Street near Wal-Mart. The property is 2.3 decares.

The facility will be in addition to Petitioner Matt Stines’ True Grit Gym and Fitness Center in Tilton.

The future designation on the land use map is regional commercial development. Zoning documents state the parcel is in a mixed-use neighborhood that includes residential, commercial, vacant land and a vacant medical building.

Cronk said an athletic training facility is one of the least intrusive uses that could possibly be put on that site. There are strict guidelines for checking near the residential area. He said commercial business next to residential is not uncommon.

“This site has two lots that buffer it from the quadruplex,” Cronk said.

In other matters, the committee will consider approving:

* Special use permit request by Jett and John Jansky to operate a tattoo parlor, as part of Jansky Studios Tattoo and Art Gallery, at 7 E. North St. in downtown Danville. The site, the rear of a three-story commercial structure at Vermilion and North streets, is zoned B-4 Central Business downtown, is owned by Peter Blackmon, and is currently a private art studio.

* “These two artists (the Janski family) have been involved in the Danville community for years providing clean, quality tattoo services and holding flash paint events for many celebrities, athletes, charities, fundraisers and music events across the country and in Danville area. With your approval, these tattoos and paintings would like to be displayed at this location,” Jett and John Jansky said in the documents.

* “We have great support from the community and surrounding businesses who would like to see this happen. We think it will be a great addition to the downtown image, given all the art painted on the buildings and rich history and appreciation of artists from this area, like us. We are not looking to be a disruption or inconvenience to other businesses in this area. We only hope to provide a great image for the area and maybe change some preconceived negative ideas about the tattoo industry. We will be by appointment only, for the most part, allowing a small group of people into the building at a time; thus we accommodate traffic flow and parking spaces for other businesses. We only plan to renovate and remodel the interior of the building with our landlord Peter Blackmon’s approval. We have no intention of disturbing or altering the exterior of the building structure, other than a sign hung on the storefront for business purposes. It will only be a showcase ess, just like many businesses that already exist in this field. We plan to work with the city and meet any expectations they may have of us to make this happen cohesively.”

* City request to amend the text of Chapter 150.115 Table VII-2 wall sign standards of the city’s zoning ordinance. Cronk said that as the zoning ordinance is currently written, signs on larger buildings have been restricted three separate times and cannot be seen with the current restrictions. “We’re proactive…” Cronk said about supporting larger entities, such as Carle’s, FedEx, Viscofan, McLane’s, the casino and others. “We’re trying to make it more common sense,” he said. In business and industrial areas, the maximum sign area per face will be 10 percent of the wall area. The removal is up to a maximum of different square feet and square feet determined for the maximum area of ​​the individual sign. The change in metric is from a fixed maximum sign size, regardless of the size of the wall the sign will be mounted on, to a ratio of the maximum sign size to the wall space. Also, according to filings for the request, the city states, “the city has been approached by several commercial entities (one for-profit and for-profit entities) wanting to place large signs on very large exterior walls. as currently drafted, Table VII will not allow them to place signs that other businesses in the city have placed on their respective buildings. Additionally, the city seeks some basic aesthetic uniformity in proportionally allowing maximum wall surface area to sign surface area, i.e. 10 percent of the wall surface. Additionally, the city wants to align its ordinance with what is currently present throughout the city in terms of signs on large commercial establishments.” Photos of signs shown in the zoning packet include Meijer, Kohl’s and TJ Maxx, Ross Dress for Less , Menards, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, AutoZone, etc. “We just have to grow with how the community grows,” Cronk said.

Cronk said he hasn’t received any feedback from neighbors on any of the agenda items.

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