Goffstown residents, business owner at odds over nursing home sign
During a Dec. 3 meeting, the zoning board denied a variance to Robert Lenox, owner of Bel-Air Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, at 29 Central St., to place an internally illuminated message sign on his property.
“At this time as there are no restrictions regarding illumination, it is my intention to run all our exterior lighting from dusk to dark. This is not a vindictive decision but one that is made as safety for our staff,” Lenox said in his letter. “In closing, I am disappointed in the decision of the zoning board, however, our new signage will do what it is intended, and that is to make people aware of our location.”
Kevin Fox, of 22 Center St., one of several abutters who has spoken against the sign, said Lenox is being vindictive.
At the zoning board meeting, some abutters said they preferred the existing signs that could be updated to fit Lenox’s needs.
“We have quite a few accidents on Center Street already. There is an attractive sign there now. It attracts people to the business,” she said.
During his testimony, Lenox said he is trying to be a good neighbor by presenting a dimmable light that would be turned off from midnight to dusk.
“The point is we don’t want to be obnoxious neighbors,” said Amann. “We are there to perform a service and be in business and to be there a long time.”
“The variance exists because you are looking to have this sign and the neighbors are extremely relevant. You talk about being a good neighbor. They are the neighbors. You have one in particular saying it would be seen from three sides of his home,” said Champagne. “When you show the larger sign, and you have said it’s either or; if you don’t approve this, we will get this.”
Member Gail Labrecque said Lenox hasn’t met the hardship criterion, as the business is doing well and he has told the board he has received various awards. Labrecque’s motion to deny the application garnered a 3-2 vote.
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