The Danbury High School renovation and expansion project is nearing completion. Students will be returning at the end of August to an overhauled site. Among the work was a new entry way to the old building. City engineers went to Zoning for approval of large signage.
The old letters on the building will be replaced with larger ones. The old ones took up 32 square feet, but the new sign would be 84-square feet. The new canopy comes out further than would have allowed the lettering to be seen.
They also asked for an exception to have larger letters on the new addition for the Freshman Academy. There is a canopy over the front of the new building. The solid steel letters have enclosed lights, to illuminate the canopy, creating a halo effect around "DHS Performing Arts" lettering. Since it's a theater, there are a lot of evening events so the lighting was important as a way to direct visitors to the appropriate entrance.
Both were approved.
There was also a bit of a discussion about an LED sign for the black box theater. It would be about the size of a large-screen tv, and would have rotating messages about upcoming performances and events. Approval for that sign was given after assurances that it wouldn't cause a distraction for drivers on Clapboard Ridge Road, and had limited visibility to neighbors on East Gate Road.