Courtesy City of Geneva. This sketch shows a proposed archway welcoming people to the city of Geneva. The city said Friday that the project has been scrapped.
There will not be a $200,000 welcome to Geneva sign.
The controversial plan to build the sign over North Exchange Street has been scraped. Last week city officials learned that the state would allow them to reallocate $142,000 in Downtown Revitalization Initiative Funds reserved for the sign.
Now, city leaders are looking for another project to use that funding in the downtown area. The city was committed to put in $58,000 for the sign.
Those opposed to the sign above two lanes of traffic felt it gave the impression that people that lived north of the archway were second-class citizens.
The city has several projects planned for the total of $10-million dollars in DRI funding.