DeKALB – The T.J. Maxx store in DeKalb is moving across the street from its current Oakland Place Shopping Center location and will have a bigger sign to boot after a recent DeKalb City Council vote.
The City Council voted, 6-0, during its most recent meeting to approve amendments to sign regulations for the Northland Plaza Shopping Center on Sycamore Road. The retailer was looking to make the storefront sign bigger to better match neighboring stores’ signs.
DeKalb City Manager Bill Nicklas said the requested sign regulation changes from T.J. Maxx will make the storefront more “visible and there’s more curb appeal.”
“What they have proposed is something that works for them, but also I think works for the units in the back there and, as there’s turnover, taking that into consideration,” Nicklas said.
There was no additional discussion among aldermen before the vote during the Monday meeting. Second Ward Alderwoman Barb Larson and 5th Ward Alderman Scott McAdams were absent from the meeting.
“This is right next to Aldi to the north,” Scott Zak, management analyst for the city of DeKalb, wrote in a July 8 email. “So that was the former J.C. Penney space.”
Petitioners affiliated with the store also expressed the desire for a wall sign twice the frontage of the storefront instead of the allowable 1½ times the frontage.
The city received a petition from the owners of the Northland Plaza Shopping Center along Sycamore Road to amend the wall sign regulations for the building at the rear of the property.
According to the June 23 rezoning petition submitted to the city, the setback from building frontage to the right of way of Sycamore Road is 630 feet. The petitioner wrote the proposed sign will be uniform with others in the area the store is looking to move to.
“A larger sign will give T.J. Maxx better visibility,” the petitioner wrote. “The building facade/parapet wall is very large in area, and our new proposed sign will look architecturally correct versus looking undersized. The other anchor tenants have letters that at least 5′-0″ or greater in height.”
The Northland Plaza Shopping Center currently includes Planet Fitness, Aldi, Ross, Petsmart and Hobby Lobby, according to the city’s social media post.
Katie Finlon covers local government and breaking news for DeKalb County in Illinois. She has covered local government news for Shaw Media since 2018 and has had bylines in Daily Chronicle, Kendall County Record newspapers, Northwest Herald and in public radio over the years.