Saturday, March 31, 2012

Resident Opinion - Newtown Settlement Offer

Billboards Will Degrade The Environment in Newtown

Paul Seligson, a Newtown Square resident, writes a letter to the editor of the Marple Newtown Patch on the billboard issue in town.
March 24, 2012

Proposed location of billboard: West Chester Pike/Rt. 3, between Mill Hollow Lane and cement bridge leading to Edgmont Township opposite Subaru dealership.

When my wife and I first heard of a Digital Outdoor Monument Sign being considered for the township property at the very front of our homestead, we thought for the sake of Newtown Township and to avoid three larger placed 68-feet-high billboards over air rights of existing Newtown merchants, we could live with this and be a team player.

Having driven down to south Rt. 202 in Westtown Township to inspect a sign of the same size, (photo below) please notice the sign size vs. me standing at the left pillar. I believe the sign size for the scale of this piece of land is just too large.

The sign would sit atop an 8 foot berm and begin 5 feet above that for a total of starting at 14 feet high. In total, the top of the sign would be approximately 35 feet up from ground level. Going into the woods, with all the pillers and fa├žade treatment, it would probably reach a distance of 50 feet.

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This is a picture of Paul in front of the newly constructed "gateway" digital billboard in Westtown.
Can you find Paul in the Picture?