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Eudora could soon see it’s first ever billboard. This billboard, if approved, would be located near K-10 on the HP Pelzer property in the Intech Business Park.

The billboard would be double sided so it could be read in both directions on K-10 and it would measure 10′ wide by ’30 feet high. The billboard will be owned by Ad Trend, Inc. of Kansas City Missouri. (Editor Note: The billboard in the picture above is not representative of this size.)

You don’t see many billboards along K-10 between the Kansas City Metro area and Lawrence due to restrictions placed by KDOT which controls the right of way along side the road and the K-10 Highway Overlay District. The only way billboards can be placed along side K-10 is on private property inside city limits and the billboards must meet various city code restrictions.

In Eudora, the restrictions are rather numerous.  As Planning Commission Chairman Kurt von Achen described “This is probably the only spot in the city of Eudora where a billboard can be placed.”

Many Planning Commission members are concerned about this billboard. The exact placement of the billboard is still being looked into as to ensure that it meets the rigorous restrictions in place.  There are a couple of requirements Ad Trend has yet to meet before the billboard can be erected. Those include a public access easement and lettering and graphics that must be approved prior to placing advertisements on the billboard.

Planning Commissioners are also concerned about what type of advertisements may appear on the board. Ad Trend stated at the last Planning Commission meeting that they don’t accept advertising from advertisers such as tobacco, “adult” products and establishments, or controversial organizations.

The only landowner in the immediate area of this board is Air Filter Plus which is located next door to the property. While the billboard does not extend into the property of Air Filter Plus, it is in rather close proximity.  Representatives of Air Filter Plus were in attendance at the meeting to voice their unhappiness with the proposed signage.

Planning Commission members, while expressing distaste for the billboard, may have no legal way to prevent this board. “We may have no choice but to approve this” von Achen stated. “The company has done all their research and followed all the rules that are on the books.”

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5 Responses to Eudora News: Could Eudora get a billboard?

  • It’s about time! K-10 is busy enough to pull thousands of consumers into town each week – if we want businesses to thrive, they need to know what we have to offer.

  • I do not believe this billboard would be advertising what is in Eudora. Most likely it would be advertisement for something not connected to Eudora.

    • This is correct. It could advertise any business willing to pay for space on the sign. The business could be in Eudora, Lawrence or a national advertiser.

  • Feb 10, 2011

    Are we going in the right direction? If only one billboard is allowed would it not be better for the City to own it and to rent space at an affordable cost to local business. The city could take the money it intends to give out to downtown business owners for updating and give the whole community a place to advertise economically. The content and appearance .could be controlled the city has some income. How many Eudora Businesses can gain enough additional business to justify the bare min. cost of $500 per month?

  • I agree with Janet. I don’t see a problem with this at all. Billboards are a necessary part of the industry. K-10 is a very busy highway that can support this. There is no doubt that it would help the local businesses thrive.

    I see billboards all the time advertising the closest city. They say “Next Exit” or “Turn Here.” I even saw one over the weekend with several different businesses on it that they all split. I can see that happening here. This would be good for Eudora.