City zoning board rejects plan for billboards at 2 gas stations

August 18, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The city zoning board answered a chorus of voices against new billboards in North Baltimore yesterday by rejecting applications for proposed billboards at two Crown Central Petroleum Corp. gas stations.

The board made the decision after political and community leaders argued that billboards proposed for 4501 Falls Road and 5101 York Road would adversely affect their lives.

The advertising company seeking to lease the billboard space is Eller Media Co.

"People sitting on their balconies could see the back of the sign," said Roz Goldner, a resident of the Deer Ridge condominium complex who opposed the proposed billboard at Falls Road and Cold Spring Lane.

David F. Tufaro, a Republican mayoral candidate from Roland Park, said: "If we want to help the city, if we want to help neighborhoods, this is clearly not the thing we want to be doing."

Hampden business leader Alice Ann Finnerty also spoke against the Falls Road application, saying it would interfere with the "gateway into the Hampden renaissance."

Robert Curran, a 3rd District city councilman who opposed building the York Road billboard, said Crown management had been "unresponsive" to community efforts to resolve sanitation and crime problems.

Station owners could not be reached for comment.

Pub Date: 8/18/99

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