Residents Say No to Billboard; Village Officials Say Maybe

July 30, 2010

You buy a condo in Villa Park, then someone puts up a huge electronic billboard outside your window that constantly blinks into your home. That’s not fair, you say, and half the Village Board agrees. Now what? That is the question for a lot of people that own Chicago Real Estate.

Residents in condominium complexes near Roosevelt Road and Ardmore Avenue have asked Villa Park officials to take down an 80-foot electronic billboard erected by Clear Channel Communications in May.

The electronic billboard in question in Villa Park.

The billboard, which is located in a Motel 6 parking lot at 10 W. Roosevelt Rd., has two sides that feature one flashing electronic ad after another.

The Village Board apparently never voted on the matter when the billboard was first given the go-ahead, and at that time, the Village’s zoning code had no wording regarding electronic billboards.

The Village has since implemented a licensing process for electronic billboards that requires a special-use permit.

A vote by the Villa Park Board Monday night on whether to grant that special-use permit for this billboard resulted in a 3-3 tie.

One Village trustee was not present on Monday, so the Board is hoping to break the tie at next month’s meeting.

Village officials are unsure whether they can force Clear Channel to take down their billboard if the special-use permit is not granted.

Guess we’ll see next month.

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