Suburban Philly board rejects billboard proposal

March 27, 2011 2:22:56 PM PDT
After considering the issue for almost two years, a suburban Philadelphia zoning board has voted unanimously against allowing an investment group to put up billboards.

The Springfield Township zoning board voted 4-0 Thursday night to deny an investment group's application to erect six billboards along Baltimore Pike in Delaware County.

Villanova-based Bartkowski Investment Group had spent 23 months in hearings arguing that state law demanded that the township find a place for the 672-square-foot billboards. Company attorney Carl Primavera said there would be an appeal.

Gina Sage, second ward commissioner in Springfield Township, said the ruling showed that officials were not opposed to commerce but only to the billboards.

Bartkowski has applications for 22 billboards pending in Delaware County's Haverford, Marple, Newtown, and Springfield Townships, plus Morton Borough.