Anyone feel like picketing in front of Pizza Palace or boycotting them? Why? because of BILLBOARDS.
Picture this visual blight: HUGE billboards on top of Pizza Palace and Faden's Pawn Shop. And yes, we have the owner of the buildings, Mr. Pizza Palace himself to thank. Seriously, this is what it would look like:
Is that what you want to see in your Main Line community? Is this the visual traffic hazard you want to see as you try to navigate one of THE WORST sections of Lancaster Avenue? This is the best business plan Mr. Pizza Palace could come up with? He couldn't start with less greasy food and a cleaner shop with better pricing? But then again, why should I think this turd would be community friendly since he brought us a lovely pawn shop to give the Main Line that inner city, urban feel.Ah yes this is the nice man who must be oblivious to the existing traffic hazards and constant accidents at the intersection of Penn and LancasterSeriously, does this stretch of Lancaster Avenue need this? Do the residents of Haverford Township on Penn, Martin, Dayton, and San Marino deserve this? Do the residents of Lower Merion who share borders here deserve this?
Who the heck wants Bryn Mawr to look like 69th street other than a piggish Pizza man and Bartkowski Investment Group? Please contact Jeff Heilmann 5th Ward Commissioner of Haverford Township with questions or concerns. or 610-945-7064. Here is his e-mail which I have permission to post in it's entirety and after that is an article about these billboard invaders.
There is a billboard company that is challanging the validity of Haverford’s zoning code provisions regarding billboards and off-site advertising signs. It looks as if this issue will come up at the March 19th zoning hearing. I have asked the President of the Zoning Hearing Board to move the meeting to Coopertown Elementary School because I anticipate a large number of 5th Ward residents will want to attend.
The notice below is being hand dropped to Brynford residents:
Dear 5th Ward Resident:
I received word from the Code Enforcement Office that a petition has been filed challenging the validity of Haverford’s zoning code provisions regarding billboards and off-site advertising signs. The petitioner, Bartkowski Investment Group, asks the Township’s Zoning Hearing Board to find that the ordinance improperly excludes the use and seeks approval to develop four non-accessory advertising signs on four separate parcels. Two of the four billboards proposed are located in the 5th Ward; one at 600 Lancaster Avenue and one at 658 Lancaster Avenue.
The construction drawings filed with the petition propose a structure that is 48 feet long and 17 feet tall, with an overall height of 52 feet and an advertising surface (48’ x 14’) of 672 square feet.
I anticipate that a large number of 5th Ward residents will want to attend this hearing( and have requested that the hearings be scheduled at a larger venue to be sure we can accommodate everyone interested in attending. Also, because the petition challenges our code, I am requesting that the Commissioners send the Township’s Solicitor to enter his appearance at the hearings and take whatever steps are needed to protect the interests of our Township residents.
I will be posting a copy of the public notice once a suitable venue is found and will try to let everyone know in advance if there is any change in the planned hearing date.
5th Ward Commissioner
Please feel free to share this information with anyone that you think may be interested in this issue!
Marple amends rules for billboard displays Monday, January 26, 2009 5:30 AM EST
KROWCHENKO Times Correspondent
MARPLE – Commissioners recently voted 5-2 to amend the township ordinance regarding off-premises advertising signs.
The dissenting votes were cast by commissioners Trudy Riddell and John Lucas.
The township began a review of the code in July, as the ordinance prohibited off-premises advertising signs and court decisions have ruled townships must designate a zoning district where the use is permitted.
An application was filed the following month by Bartkowski Investment Group Inc., requesting permission to install seven billboards in various spots along West Chester Pike and Sproul Road.
The ordinance stipulates the districts, sizes, maintenance and other regulations regarding off-premises advertising signs....The company, headed by Thaddeus Bartkowski, has billboards in the Philadelphia and New York City market areas serving local, regional and national advertisers. The firm filed an application to place signs along West Chester Pike, Summit Avenue and Sproul Road.
The double-sided billboards would measure the industry standard of 672 square feet and be placed on monopoles, with the tops of the signs elevated 35-45 feet.
July 12–19, 2001/all monitor/Wall Papers
More than once, the Inquirer and Daily News have railed against the evils of illegally placed billboards. Over the past couple years, both papers have run editorials and columns chastising the city for failing to enforce its own billboard ordinance and allowing outdoor advertisers to hang signs at their pleasure, in exchange for large political contributions.
So isn’t it interesting that the newspapers’ website, www.philly.com, is being advertised on a large — not to mention illegal — wallwrap hanging from scaffolding on Suburban Station at 16th Street and JFK Boulevard? The advertisement runs the length of the building facing 16th Street.
AdSmart Outdoor Advertising placed the drape for Philly.com on June 8. Thaddeus Bartkowski, vice president for the company, says he realized from the outset that there was a possibility Licenses and Inspections would cite the sign for zoning violations. Obviously, AdSmart opted to hang it anyway.
But Bartkowski’s instinct was right-on. L&I has given the agency until July 16 to take down the wallscape, and the company plans to comply with that order.
Excerpted from the website:
AdSmart Outdoor is the Mid-Atlantic's most innovative Outdoor Advertising Company. Headquartered outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, AdSmart Outdoor prides itself on providing its customers with the finest outdoor displays and customer service in the industry. Whether you choose to use our creative autoads, larger than life fleet side ads, high impression transit ads, or choose to implement a stationary display, you will be provided with the most cost-effective outdoor displays, guaranteed...Contact
Thaddeus Bartkowski +1 610 505 9659, Fax: +1 215 657 8998
Thaddeus Bartkowski Investment Group, LLC 610-331-7933
Who is this Thaddeus Bartkowski and who knows him?
THADDEUS BARTKOWSKI P: (610) 331-7933 M: (610) 527-0501 1818 MARKET STREET, SUITE 2960 PHILADELPHIA, PA 19103
Is this just another lawyer who sells billboards on the side? Jeez. 600 Lancaster Avenue is owned by Andreas Bouikikis of Broomall (see Delco public records Folio # Folio Number: 22-05-00461-00 ) and 658 Lancaster Avenue is owned by Nancy Athanasiadis of Newtown Square (see Delco Public Records Folio Number: 22-05-00477-00 ) - also, is it true that Andreas Bouikikis is also a student rental slumlord?
Shame on them for doing this. Shame on all of us if we allow this to happen.