Design Group likes landmark sign idea

A proposed Ramona sign to be constructed over Main Street between Ninth and Tenth streets has received Ramona Village Design Group’s unanimous endorsement.

Ramona Community Planning Group Chair Jim Piva presented the idea at Village Design’s Jan. 24 meeting and is looking for community support. He said members of other Ramona organizations and boards plan to seek support from their groups.

“We think it will be a huge asset to our community,” Piva said.

The landmark sign would coordinate with the Ramona welcome sign on the west side of town on State Route 67, he said.

Piva’s niece, Leslie Souza, produced the welcome sign and would also develop the proposed landmark, he said, adding that it was suggested at the village design meeting that a digital messaging board be placed beneath the overhead sign to program messages about upcoming events.

He said he has preliminary approval from Caltrans, as Main Street is a state highway, and several contractors in town have offered their services free of charge. He has also talked with county staff about the project. The sign, he said, would be similar to overhead signs in Little Italy, Encinitas and Hillcrest.

In other business at the village design meeting, vice chair Carol Fowler, a real estate agent with Stage Presence Homes, said a developer is interested in finding a location in Ramona for a big-box store or large retail establishment.

“There is an interest and has been an interest,” she said.

Fowler said they have been looking at different sites that have enough acreage but some are too high priced or have environmental issues such as vernal pools.

“Pricing is an issue. Location is an issue, and community support is an issue,” she said.

The site needs to be zoned commercial and be compatible with the community plan, she noted.

Also at the meeting, the village design group continued to finalize its Village Design Document with custom-tailored zoning and design standards.

   
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