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From city eyesore to art exhibit, Winnipeg billboard upgrade approved

The vacant billboard on top of the Casa Loma building at the edge of downtown Winnipeg will soon see better days.
The vacant billboard on top of the Casa Loma building at the edge of downtown Winnipeg will soon see better days. Timm Bruch / Global News

The graffiti-covered vacant billboard at Portage Avenue and Sherbrook Street will be getting a makeover after all.

Global News first told you last fall that Sussex Realty wanted to loan the derelict space on top of the Casa Loma building to the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

READ MORE: Vacant downtown Winnipeg billboard set for a sign redesign

But they needed the city’s permission to repurpose it, and in January, they were denied. The public service said the sign was too large and didn’t fit with the heritage building it sits on.

Sussex Realty appealed, and the decision was overturned by the appeal committee Friday morning.

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