City gives green light to proposed
scoreboard at Zaepfel Stadium
In a turnaround, city officials have given a green light to a new scoreboard
proposed for Zaepfel Stadium at the intersection of 40th Avenue and Tieton
Last fall, the
city denied the proposal after city planners recommended not giving the
project a zoning variance allowing a 35-foot-tall scoreboard to be erected
near the intersection, where busy traffic mixes with commercial and
The proposal would install a sign of more than 600 square feet. City zoning
requires a variance for anything larger than 50 square feet.
Planners took issue with the large lighted scoreboard with video capability
being placed in the area.
The Yakima School District filed an appeal.
Now the city’s position has changed, and on Friday officials granted a
permit for the project, said city spokesman Randy Beehler.
“Based on its review of additional sign standard information provided by the
school district, the City issued a permit for the new scoreboard and the
district withdrew its appeal,” he said.
Gesa Credit Union is funding the project and construction could occur this
summer, school district officials said in a news release.
The existing scoreboard has been there since 1969. The new sign will be
larger and modern with video playback.
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