JAMESTOWN – Officials with the National Comedy Center will appear before the Jamestown Zoning Board of Appeals Thursday to request a zoning variance and special use permit involving two large digital signs planned to be installed on the front façade of the facility.
Earlier this month the zoning board held its regularly scheduled meeting to address the issue, but the requests were tabled after officials with the NCC failed to show up for the hearing. NCC board president Tom Benson said at the time that it was a misunderstanding and they hoped to get the issue resolved soon.
Meanwhile, the Post-Journal reported on Tuesday that the city had given the NCC two stop work orders because they already started construction on the two movie screens, despite the variance and special use permit not being granted.
The orders came after the city received a complaint on Friday, drawing attention to the work. The city issued an initial order on Friday, but work continued on Monday and a second order was issued.
Benson told the Post-Journal that the installation of the screen for the signs is complicated and time consuming, adding that any delay in the process would seriously jeopardize the completion of the project by opening day.
The special meeting of the zoning board will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Jamestown City Council chambers.
The NCC is scheduled to open on Aug. 1 to coincide with the 2018 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.