The renovated United Bank of Union will be allowed to have a new electronic sign when all the work is done.

The Union Board of Aldermen Aug. 13 approved a conditional use permit (CUP) to allow the sign.

No one spoke out against the request at a public hearing. The board voted unanimously to approve the permit.

The bank applied for a CUP to construct a two-sided monument sign. The sign will be an electronic display board and the bank’s logo.

The proposal was first presented Monday, July 23, at the Union Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. The plan board unanimously approved the sign for the bank located at 15 E. Main St.

The new electronic sign will be mounted along Washington Street about halfway between Cherry and Main streets. The sign will be about 2.5 feet from the right of way.

The sign will have a LED screen measuring 3.5 feet tall and 5.3 feet wide on each side. It will be mounted on a 7- by 10-foot monument.

The city allows electronic signs, with a conditional use permit in case the planning and zoning commission wants to make any recommendations to regulate the sign.

City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann said the city’s sign regulation already prohibits “fluctuating or flashing illumination.” Any message has to be on screen for a minimum of eight seconds, he said.

The display must be a static display. No portion of the message may “flash, scroll, twirl, change color, fade in or out, or in any manner imitate movement,” according to the code.

At the planning and zoning meeting, Mayor Mike Livengood said with those restrictions already in place, he didn’t feel like the sign would distract drivers. Commissioner Greg Bailey said he didn’t think it would impact any neighboring properties.

The plan board agreed to back the CUP with no conditions. The full board of aldermen did the same.

Bank Renovations

The United Bank of Union has been renovating its downtown branch since early April. Bank officials expect the work to continue into 2019.

H.B.D. Construction crews started renovations at the bank’s downtown branch after a groundbreaking ceremony. The first phase of the renovation project, a new drive-thru, opened to customers in July.

The drive-thru features four lanes and a brand new ATM. The machine is a 19-inch touch screen that is much larger than the older version.

Crews are working on a new 14,000-square-foot addition and renovation on the existing building. The addition will include a two-story structure with a full basement that will nearly double the size of the building to 30,000 square feet.

Bank officials said the plan is to modernize the facility. Customers will experience a new lobby featuring an enhanced customer seating area, conference rooms and personal teller stations allowing enhanced communication between customers and staff.

On the outside, the bank will have a new all-brick exterior and a renovated three-lane drive-thru with a fourth lane for ATM use.

Improved parking lot lighting and a reconfigured lot with more customer parking spaces will be on the west side of the building.

The addition will expand the building to the north and encompass most of the current parking lot between the building and Cherry Street.

The Main Street location is one of three branches located in Union. Locations at 210 Highway 50 West and 1440 Rebel Road have been available to accommodate all customer needs during the project, but the Main Street branch has maintained business hours throughout construction.

Full lobby renovations are scheduled to be completed this fall. Construction on the addition is scheduled for completion in April 2019.