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TOLEDO, OH-The city is considering commercial building design codes that would prohibit new buildings from using name-brand designs. That has developers worried, says Guy Snyder of the Great Lakes Construction Alliance.

He says the Toledo planning commission recently discussed the new design standards with the city council. These standards would seek to dictate how buildings appear, and encouraging attractive, but similar, street fronts.

“Included is a ban on ‘logo’ buildings that have an architecture or color that, by themselves, identify a facility or structure,” Snyder says. “Thus people who are used to glancing and immediately identifying a building’s function will have to look twice, to determine if it’s a McDonald’s restaurant, or a Lowe’s, or a Kroger’s.”

Snyder says some council members say developers just don’t want to have to build facilities a separate way just in Toledo. However, the developers have other problems to worry about, Snyder adds.

“Maybe they don’t want to have their architectural designs left to the mercy of arbitrary governmental entities,” he says.

It’s not clear when a decision would be made on the standards, which are based on those adopted by Fort Collins, CO.

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