3 more electronic signs coming to Joliet

Message boards atop city monument stones coming to three new locations

Three more electronic signs mounted on city monument stones are coming to Joliet.

The Joliet Zoning Board of Appeals this month approved locations for the signs that are different from what was originally approved in 2011.

The signs will go outside Al’s Steak House at the corner of Jefferson Street and Hammes Avenue, at the former Silver Cross Hospital property at Route 6 and Walnut Street, and on the city right-of-way at the corner of Essington Road and Theodore Street.

BRT Outdoor, formerly called Impact Outdoor, will erect and maintain the signs.

Similar signs are seen at eight other locations around the city on top of stone monument bases with the word Joliet on them.

BRT Outdoor in 2011 was granted approval for 12 such signs in 2011 and has put up eight so far, according to a staff memo to the zoning board.

The electronic message boards have eight slots for advertisements, and the city of Joliet is given one of the eight slots to use for city purposes.

One owner of a residentially zoned property adjacent to the future sign at Essington and Theodore unsuccessfully asked that approval for that location be delayed until he could sell the land for a commercial use.

No building is on the site now, and Daniel Murphy of New Lenox said it would be difficult to sell it for home construction with the sign there.

“This came out of the blue,” Murphy told the board. “I think this will be damaging to a residentially zoned lot.”

Bob Okon

Bob Okon

Bob Okon covers local government for The Herald-News