Billboard being removed, but only after city cuts a deal

30 Mar

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

After several months of hand-wringing, end runs, and double reverses, the Peabody City Council, Mayor Ted Bettencourt, and the city’s legal eagles have found a way to have that now infamous 92-foot tall monstrosity of a billboard removed from the corner of Lowell Street and Route 1.

Pole dance: The city has cut a deal to have this monstrosity removed

City has cut a deal to have this monstrosity removed

The Eye has learned that the giant sign, which was wrongly placed near Lowell Street next to the Subway sub shop (instead of well behind the shop as dictated by special permit), will soon come down. But before you chalk this up as a victory for our city’s leaders, understand that the enormous pole is only coming down because the city is playing let’s make a deal with Total Outdoor Corp.

That’s right, we’re hearing through the grapevine that – instead of holding its ground and fighting it out in court – the city council has promised to approve another Total Outdoor Corp billboard at another location in exchange for the Lowell Street monstrosity being removed.

We’re not sure where that new location is, but so much for standing our ground. I mean, it’s pretty clear that Total Outdoor Corp disregarded the terms of its special permit by planting that thing in the wrong place. Right?

So, now the question is … why are we appeasing Total Outdoor Corp just to get them to remove their mistake?

Instead of having our city run these days by the people we elected, are we instead being run by lawyers?

Developers continue to pretty much get their way on everything. The beat goes on out on Route 1, and makes us wonder what other hush, hush deals are being struck while the quality of life of residents is infringed upon.

This wild west mentality continues, and developers simply have no worries that our city council will do anything to stop them.

And why should they? After all, if these developers screw up, they can always simply bargain with the city’s legal team.

7 Responses to “Billboard being removed, but only after city cuts a deal”

  1. John D March 31, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    And in other news, Dave Gamache’s future position with the city seems to be getting its’ legs with the story written in today’s Salem News…

  2. Anonymous March 31, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    You right John. If Gamache gets this job impeach Bettencourt. We will know what a sleezy city we have. Gamache is a goon and you will see somethin really bad coming out on him. Bet on it. What a bunch of crap

    • anonymous March 31, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

      Is Gamache even remotely qualified for a job like this?

      • FOB March 31, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

        He has zero qualifications. It would be a sham and shameful too after how his family cheated Croce in the election. I like Teddy alot, but if he gives Gamache this job I will lose all respect for him.

  3. Anonymous March 31, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    COUNT ME IN TO as a FORMER Ted supporter if this jerk gets this job

  4. Mike McMahon April 1, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    I wish I could run my business this way … I make a mistake. I’ll fix it. But only if you give me more work!

  5. Anon April 4, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Heads Up, A request for putting up a billboard at 8 Bourbon St. is going before the City Council April 29th. Remember this City Council’s claim to fame was the rewriting the City Zoning laws TO allow this stuff. This is progress in Peabody. But for WHOM? With the backed-up traffic on Lowell St. this will be great spot for advertising: “If you lived here, You would be Home NOW.”

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