Tomorrow, the City of Santa Clarita will begin removal of an electronic sign that is visible from the I-5, near Wiley Canyon Road and Calgrove Boulevard. The sign, which belongs to the Santa Clarita Athletic Club violates a city ordinance which regulates the size, height and lighting among other aspects of signs within the Santa Clarita city limits.
A warrant was issued by the Superior court, granting the City access to the property for the purposes of removing the sign, which stands 39-feet tall. Under the warrant, the City will have until March 27, 2006 to enter the property and remove the sign, which is expected to take several days. The City estimates the removal cost at $20,000, which will be assessed to the property owner.
The City of Santa Clarita adopted the sign ordinance in 1990, at which time businesses were given nine years to come into compliance. Hundreds of businesses have already complied with the ordinance. Jason Mikaelian, Associate Planner for the City of Santa Clarita stated in a press release that the city has been working with the property owner for several years to come into compliance with the City’s sign ordinance and has continued to be met with resistance.
The Athletic Club inherited the electronic sign, which originally belonged to an automobile sales business. Over the past several years, the property owner has received numerous notices to remove the sign, with the most recent notice sent last year