The city of Sylvania is now considering changes to its zoning codes, after neighbors have complained about the neon lighting on ProMedica's Flower Hospital.
Residents around the hospital expressed concerns about the bright green LED lights, after they were installed in February 2012. The city acknowledged the citizens' concerns and has modified its zoning codes to address the situation. Now an ordinance will be introduced at Sylvania's City Council meeting Monday at 7:30 p.m.
ProMedica installed the green LED lights around the tops of its four hospitals as part of a marketing strategy. Other commercial buildings in Sylvania use this type of lighting, as well. However, if the ordinance is approved, it will state where someone can and cannot use it in the future.
During Council's meeting, the ordinance will be introduced for the first time. It will then head to the planning commission for its recommendation before a public meeting is held.
"The changes that we made, proposed to the code, allow it in the business district, but do not allow it in either residential districts at all, or in areas where those business districts butt residential districts," explained Kevin Aller, public services director.
If this passes, ProMedica will be grandfathered in and will not have to make any changes to the lighting. In response to the neighbors' concerns, ProMedica has already dimmed the lights 50 percent.
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