Taco Bell planning store in Fairmont

FAIRMONT — Plans to open a Taco Bell at 2235 N. State St. took a leap ahead Tuesday when the Fairmont Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for a 60-foot sign for the business.

A representative from BFI Estate Holdings told commissioners that they hope to open in three months, in the late October/early November range.

City Code limits signs in a general business zone to 40 feet in height, unless a conditional use permit is obtained. BFI previously had submitted a conditional use application for an 80-foot sign but withdrew that request to re-submit one for 60 feet, comparable to others in the area. Those include McDonald’s, Perkins and the four Fairmont hotels off Interstate 90 exit 102.

Commissioners asked if the conditional use permit stays with the property or with the business owner. Mike Humpal, city administrator, said the permit is granted to the owner.