Billboard One Step Closer to Downtown Dothan

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

There will soon be one more feature to Justice Park.

Cochran, Cherry, Givens and Smith law firm is looking to put Dothan’s largest billboard on top of the Jacoby and Myers law office building.

But first, they must get permission by the Dothan board of zoning adjustment.

"All in favor?"

The sign will be used for publicity of community projects.

"What best benefits the future of downtown Dothan? That’s why you're empowered with that ability,” says Ben Irwin, Lawyer.

The first project will hit lawyer Sam Cherry close to home.

"There are certain projects that I feel need as much publicity as they possibly can," says Sam Cherry, Lawyer.

"My cause is Autism," says Cherry.

Cherry's daughter has autism.

"We’re very confident that our two year old daughter is going to be normal," says Cherry.

One use for the billboard will be to promote an upcoming fund raiser to create an autism center for Dothan.

"She would not but for the care that we've been able to afford, we want to do that. We will build the center if we have to build it my self," says Cherry. "I have absolutely no financial stake in it."

Board member Benton Harrison had a problem with the billboard.

He says the billboard is not only too large, but also too close to the other billboard of Justice Park.

"We're not Williamsburg. We'd like to be, but we're not... you've got to create some level of excitement or excitement within the community to revive the downtown area," says Cherry.

The board did vote 6-1 for the billboard since it also is a part of the historic district.

"This has been approved by the historic commission, it is an historic sign," David E. Lummus, Chairman of the Board of Zoning Adjustment.

But the next and final approval will come from the State of Alabama.

The date for the Autism Gala is set for April 3rd at Landmark Park.

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