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Downtown Community Message Board Ready for Construction

City issues building permit for electronic sign at corner of Haymaker Parkway, South Water Street

Construction is ready to start on downtown Kent's new electronic community message board.

The Kent Community Development Department issued a building permit recently for the sign, which will stand at the northeast corner of the Haymaker Parkway and South Water Street intersection.

The new Davey Resource Group building and Panini's patio will serve as a backdrop for the sign, which is intended to advertise non-profit community and university events.

Construction of the sign will cost $92,000, according to the building permit. Cleveland-based firm Brilliant Electric Sign Co. will build the message board.

The cost to build the sign will be split between the city and Kent State University.

Teresa K. October 02, 2012 at 03:09 PM
@traci: lol Thats a whole lotta brick for that one sign. Wasteful. The sign is one way to a make a busy, dangerous intersection more busy and more dangerous. The sign does NOT need to be that big. Just a future eyesore. After a while no one be putting in new info and updates will fall by the wayside. Is the price still going to be split between KSU and Kent city?
Jon Ridinger October 02, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Doesn't seem that big to me; certainly not as big as the original plans. If you want an idea of how big the LED sign itself (not all the extra brickwork) will be, go to the intersection of Tallmadge Road and 43 in Brimfield. They have a color LED sign there that looks to be about the same size as this one and have for years now. Haven't heard about any problems there in terms of an increase in traffic or accidents. While it's not as busy as 43 and 59 in Kent, it's still a busy intersection. It's really no different than the electronic billboards that line the highways now. Also, to answer your question, the last sentence of the article says: "The cost to build the sign will be split between the city and Kent State University."
Donald S October 02, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Why do you assume nobody will update it? The city is always updating their banners with events and hopefully Ksu will be announcing events on there. I see no reason why it will fall to the wayside with as much that goes on in Kent
Heather Malarcik October 03, 2012 at 11:04 AM
What a great place to let the public know about the things going on in Kent! As the director of Main Street Kent, I can certainly appreciate the opportunity to get the word out about things we're doing to create a vibrant downtown: Art & Wine Festival, Chocolate Walk, Discover Downtown, Family Friendly Halloween, etc.
Tiffany Jones October 04, 2012 at 01:21 PM
$92,000 would go be a nice start for the updated police department building project.... but I can see how this project is way more important... priorities....

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