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Billboard near historic round barn in Oklahoma to be torn down

An agreement has been reached between the owner of a sign and supporters of a historic round barn in Arcadia, OK.
BY VALLERY BROWN vbrown@opubco.com Published: May 4, 2012
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“I appreciate and respect the efforts of the members of Arcadia Historical Society in working with us to resolve this issue in a positive way,” Mazaheri wrote in an emailed statement. “As an Oklahoman, I am proud to see the donation will assist with the state's tourism and attract more people to our great state.”

Gillaspy said the sign will be “disposed of.”

The sign was built in October 2010 and the dispute came to a head in the following weeks and months. Gillaspy said no one at the historical society knew the small plot of land had been for sale.

Mazaheri bought the plot in September 2010 for $2,400, county assessor records show.

Emotions were high during town hall meetings and when advertisements were put on the billboard.

Attempts to reach an agreement fell through.

The historical society filed a lawsuit in Oklahoma County District Court in May 2011, alleging the town hadn't properly issued a building permit for the sign, and that the billboard was not within the town's planning and zoning ordinances providing for a 75-foot setback from the highway.

The suit was dismissed as a part of the agreement between Mazaheri and the historical society.