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Signs, new store entrance OK'd downtown
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McMinnville’s Historic Downtown continues to show “signs” of growth.


The city Historic Zoning Commission met to consider certificate of appropriateness (COA) requests from First United Methodist Church, Three Sisters Candle Company and Moore’s Office Supply. While the first two want signage, the latter asked for a rear entrance.


Posts exist, said First United church elder Jimmy Haley, and a sign between them is needed.


“The existing sign post had signage for our Hispanic ministry that was located in the outreach building of First Methodist for several years,” Haley said. “When the church signed an agreement with the state’s Department of Labor to allow the GED program to be in there, they slapped a little vinyl sign on top of the Latino service sign. That stayed for a couple years. Then, the state of Tennessee decided they needed a more permanent sign. They came without telling us, basically, and took down the metal portion between the two posts.”


Located along Morford Street, the new signage would advertise Adult Education, on-site and virtual learning that is currently offered by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and located within the church’s outreach building.


Candle shop owner Cassie Johnson requested two signs, one located at the front entrance of the business to be hung from the awning and one on a shared pylon sign located along Morford Street that advertises all the businesses located within the old Fraley’s building.


Scott Moore is undergoing renovations at Moore’s Office Supply and wants to create a side/rear entrance within the walk-thru that connects Main Street to the Farmers Market.


“I’m wanting door access into the City Mall, in between the monument and the archway. I would like to have an access door there,' said Moore.


Community Development Department director David Baird clarified that the entrance would be located on the side of the building.


Moore explained that locating it on the rear wall would require utilities to be relocated, including a gas meter, and that stormwater would be an issue in that location, “Because the Farmers Market concrete extends about four feet out past my building, I would need to put a sidewalk there. With it being the downspout of my building, there’s a lot of water that rolls off. I’d like the entrance to be higher than the water flow off the back.”


Historic Zoning Commission members unanimously approved all three COA requests.