Dandales Outfitters owners Paul and Virginia Treadwell are in a dispute with the city over reinstalling their business sign.
The store has been at 10929 E. Kellogg for 32 years. The city purchased the Dandales property for $1.4 million as part of its Kellogg improvements.
Dandales is now going to lease the space. The store is keeping its same sign, but it has to be moved to a new part of the property because of changes to the highway.
Paul Treadwell says the terrain where the sign will go is lower, and Kellogg is going to gradually start rising in front of the property.
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“So it shortens the height of the sign,” he says. “They won’t raise it up to that height.”
The city can’t, says John Philbrick, the city’s real estate administrator.
“What we’re required to do is move the existing sign,” he says.
He says federal law prevents the city from enhancing the sign in any way.
“I specifically asked this question,” Philbrick says.
Treadwell says it’s his understanding that the city has to make the sign’s positioning equal to what it had been.
“All I’m asking is for my sign to be … somewhat the same visibility as it is now,” he says. “If you can’t see the sign, it’s not very usable.”
Treadwell says he plans to approach the Wichita City Council about the matter.
“We’re going to be challenging that.”
Ken Evans, the city’s strategic communications director, says the city can’t do something for Treadwell that it can’t do for the other 30 businesses along that stretch of Kellogg.
“The city has done everything we should do and can do for this particular individual.”