The outdoor advertising company
Officials have granted the three sites special redevelopment status under a state law aimed at battling blight, a move that sidesteps
The effort is a seeming reversal for a township that fought for five years with another billboard company,
"I've seen pictures from other nearby towns of what this company has put up and it just, to me, is hideous," she said. "It looks like stuff you see in
"What we're doing through this effort is getting a new EMS building without spending a dime," he said.
Township officials pin their need for a new emergency services building on a dispute with the
The five-acre plot was mistakenly added to the state's open-space inventory when it was donated to the township in 1983,
Township officials asked state representatives at a meeting last November to correct the mistaken open-space-registry listing, but the request was rejected, according to the statement.
Around the time of the November meeting, Catalyst founder
He has since announced deals for a dog park and an emergency services building in
Catalyst and the township's emergency-services chief agreed on a site for the new medical station at
One of the sites chosen for a standalone sign installation, meanwhile, is at the edge of a wooded plot at the corner of
The state law permits the circumvention of some local land-use rules -- such as
Folcher said the properties rightly qualify as redevelopment sites under the state law because they wouldn't have attracted investment without the township's intervention. The statute is also being deployed in
Bartkowski said he is in talks with three other
She said she feared the emergency-station site was selected for the visibility of its sign along busy
The community is about 1.5 miles from the current emergency center on
Cohen said she also worries that all three sets of new digital signs will distract drivers, resulting in accidents. When the appeals court ruled in
"The EMS station," she said, "will be used to help people in accidents caused by the signs that were used to help pay for the EMS station."
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