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Controversial Billboard is Moving

The 92-foot billboard pole will be moved to behind the Holiday Inn on Route 1.

The billboard on Lowell Street. Photo credit: Patch file photo.
The billboard on Lowell Street. Photo credit: Patch file photo.

Total Outdoor Corp. has agreed to remove the 92-foot billboard on Lowell Street that has been part of a lengthy legal battle between the city and the company.

The Salem News reported that the company will withdraw its latest court appeal. Total Outdoor Corp. plans to move the 92-foot pole behind the Holiday Inn on Route 1 and will be pointed toward Route 128, reported The Salem News.

Read the full Salem News article.


Background

Total Outdoor Corp. erected the 92-foot billboard next to Subway on Lowell Street last year. There has been a back-and-forth legal battle for two years between the city and company.

The City Council believed the billboard’s height was not appropriate for Lowell Street. Nearby residents have also spoken out about the billboard.

Here are previous billboard-related articles on Peabody Patch:

March 6, 2014: Peabody Still Awaiting Billboard Company’s Next Legal Move

Feb. 23, 2014: Do You Support a Billboard Moratorium? 

Jan. 24, 2014: Mayor: City Could Net $700K by Leasing Public Land for Billboards

Aug. 23, 2013: Council Denies Permit for Lowell St Billboard, Ready to Return to Court

June 20, 2013: And the Fight Continues Over Lowell Street Billboard

mark June 10, 2014 at 05:10 PM
Ok let me get this straight! A private business owner has to spend thousands of his $$$$ to move his billboard in which he had obtained the right to have at the current location. But the piece of trash City of Peabody Government can put up billboards and collect cash from leasing them anywhere they please! The officials as well as the court officials involved in the controversial billboard dispute need to be charged and indicted on fraud, conspiracy, and civil rights violation charges for their actions! We the People not We the piece of trash Government!

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