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Mary Washington Hospital proposes new signs at its two entrances
Mary Washington Hospital wants to install new signs at its entrances.
The hospital has asked Fredericksburg for permission to place two 32-foot signs at its main entrance on Jefferson Davis Highway and one 32-foot sign at its entrance off Cowan Boulevard.
One of the signs at the main entrance would be on city right-of-way and would replace the sign that is there. The other, across the street, would be on city right-of-way and on University of Mary Washington property. The sign on Cowan Boulevard would be on city right-of-way and would replace the existing sign.
In its application for a special exception, the hospital says that the signs are needed because the major structures on its campus are not visible from the highway. In addition, it says that its existing signs are “not prominent among competing commercial structures, signs and mature trees.”
The hospital proposes to build the signs of brick, steel, aluminum and plastic. Each sign would have an electronic display for changeable messages.
Mary Washington needs a special exception since it is asking for more, bigger and taller signs than permitted in city ordinances. Sign regulations allow for one sign, no taller than 20 feet, with a sign area not to exceed 100 square feet.
The Fredericksburg Planning Commission will consider the hospital’s request at its Jan. 12 meeting.