Saturday, March 31, 2012

Illegal Wall Wrap Removal Ordered

Billboard comes down in Bryn Mawr

By Cheryl Allison,
For the first time in decades, drivers heading east at the Five Points intersection in Bryn Mawr are gazing at a blank wall.

AdSmart Outdoor Advertising Inc. in recent days removed a large vinyl-wrapped billboard from the upper wall of a building on Old Railroad Avenue, leaving only a wooden frame.

The 8 ½-by-34-foot sign has been the subject of a dispute between the advertising company and Lower Merion Township since 2009.

On Feb. 1, a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court judge affirmed a 2010 Lower Merion Zoning Hearing Board decision that the off-premises advertising is prohibited under the property’s C-2 commercial zoning.

The township then issued an enforcement letter, ordering AdSmart to remove or cover the sign or face fines.



Photo Pete Bannan