The chain link fence topped with barbed-wire that surrounded the Entercom building in Westwood — a point of discontent for some neighborhood homeowners for years — is on its way down.
Crews began removing the fence last week after a series of deliberations between the city, its planning commission and Entercom. Entercom’s special use permit for the property came up for renewal late last year, and during the course of negotiations for its readoption, neighbors voiced dismay at the condition of the fence and questioned whether it served any significant deterrent effect since there were holes and gaps in the fencing. Entercom agreed in April to take the fence down to “be a good neighbor.”
KMBZ, the radio station that used to broadcast out of the facility, has roots at the 50th and Belinder property that date back to 1933, but the property was vacated after Bonneville Broadcasting moved the station to Entercom in 1997.
The city posted a message on its website Monday reminding residents that the facility is private property, and that “the open space areas beneath the broadcast tower are not available for recreational purposes.”
Crews have installed a new fence around the broadcast tower and its anchor wires.
Thanks to Sally Morrow of Sally Morrow Photography for the picture.