Lamar Advertising fails to comply with city demands to remove sign

A defiant Lamar Advertising refused to remove a Sprint banner from the former Bayer sign atop Mount Washington by the Monday afternoon deadline imposed by the city, setting the stage for a possible court showdown.

The vinyl banner was still in place after the 5 p.m. cutoff ordered by city solicitor Lourdes Sanchez-Ridge in a letter sent to Lamar’s attorney, Jonathan Kamin, last week.

Ms. Sanchez-Ridge delivered the ultimatum after the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment ruled Feb. 16 that the yellow banner with black lettering proclaiming, “Pittsburgh WINS with Black & Yellow” violated the law.

Reached after the deadline had passed, Mr. Kamin said Lamar would be appealing the zoning board’s decision to Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

“We have reviewed the decision and believe that it is wrong. We intend to file an appeal expeditiously,” he said. “We remain open to having discussions with the city if they think that would be helpful.”

The city…

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