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Pittsburgh appealing court ruling on Lamar sign atop Mt. Washington

Bob Bauder
A Lamar sign on Mt. Washington contains an advertisement for The National Flag Federation.

Pittsburgh is asking Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court to reconsider a three-judge panel’s ruling that a sign atop Mt. Washington can remain.

Pittsburgh and Lamar Advertising have battled in court for years over the Mt. Washington billboard that has featured advertising since the 1920s for such iconic local brands as Iron City Beer, Bayer and Alcoa.

Pittsburgh contends the billboard has violated city zoning regulations since 2016 when Lamar placed a vinyl sign for Sprint on top of existing neon lettering. Lamar alleges the city violated its due process, property and free speech rights by preventing the company from modernizing the billboard with LED lighting.

The Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas last year ruled that the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment erred when it ordered Lamar to remove the sign.

Pittsburgh appealed to Commonwealth Court, and a three-judge panel in August upheld the county court ruling.

Pittsburgh is now asking the full court to consider its appeal.

Dan Gilman, Mayor Bill Peduto’s chief of staff, declined comment.

Downtown attorney Jonathan Kamin, who represents Lamar, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bob at 412-564-3080, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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