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January 14, 2013

Rooftop logo ordinance goes to City Council today

MANKATO — A law that would allow rooftop logos — including the 12-foot-tall martini glass atop the Wine Cafe — goes to a final City Council vote Monday.

The proposal, passed by the Planning Commission during its Nov. 28 meeting, would add a “skyline logo district” section to city code. Such a logo would be a three-dimensional “symbol, figure or graphic” on a rooftop. It couldn’t have text or commercial advertising, and a permit would be required.

The martini glass itself would have to go through an extra hurdle, though, because the Wine Cafe building has been designated as a Heritage Preservation Landmark by the city. The Heritage Preservation Committee would do the review.

The logos would have other restrictions, as well, including that the building be a minimum of three stories tall and not be within 200 feet of another building with a logo.

Applicants for a rooftop logo also have to explain how it enhances the “community and livability of the district.”

Speaking of, the district in which logos would be allowed is limited — it’s largely limited to the two blocks between Riverfront Drive and Second Street and between Liberty and Vine streets.

The martini glass was originally ordered removed by the city, but that action was put on hold while a solution — this ordinance, eventually — was discussed.

The council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Intergovernmental Center.

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