Historic Signs in Charleston Are Saved

They decided to fix those historic signs. At issue at yesterday's zoning board meeting, were the signs outside the Firestone Tire store on Washington Street, Budget Tapes & Records on MacCorkle Avenue and Fountain Hobby store on Washington Street. Even if the signs were taken down to be restored, current zoning laws says the signs cannot go back up without a variance from the board of zoning appeals. At Thursday's hearing, zoning board members unanimously approved zoning variances to allow old neon signs at Fountain Hobby Shop and the downtown Firestone store to be taken down, fixed and remounted. A hearing involving the Budget Tapes and Records sign is coming up later this month.