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Freedom Gas Station Seeks Fridley Permit for Electronic Sign

City code requires special-use permit, but such signs are no longer controversial.

Freedom Gas station at University Avenue NE and Osborne Road NE has applied for a special-use permit to install a new electronic sign.

City code allows such signs but also requires a special-use permit, according to Planner Stacy Stromberg.

The Fridley Planning Commission will hold a 7 p.m. public hearing on the request at its Nov. 16 meeting.

The sign would be similar to other gas stations' signs, such as at

The City of Fridley operates its own, single-color electronic message sign about two miles south of Freedom Gas on University Avenue NE.

A changeable electronic-message sign at a business at Osborne Road NE and Hwy. 65 sparked debate about 10 years ago, but Stromberg said the signs are no longer controversial. Fridley planners see several electronic sign applications each year, she said.

The signs remain controversial in other cities, however. On Monday, the Minneapolis Planning Commission turned down a request by Surdyk's liquor store for a new, outsized electronic sign, according to the Star Tribune.

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