Friday, July 11, 2008

Controversy Arises Over Another Downtown Sign

Another downtown sign is generating controversy. At 960 Penn Avenue, a 1,000 square foot Rolling Rock sign was painted on the side of a building without any hearings or votes from the Historic Review Commission. Members of the Penn-Liberty Local Review Commission say the sign does not comply with multiple regulations in place for historic districts. The Commission has been trying for six months to have the sign removed. The Post-Gazette is reporting the sign was discussed at a dinner meeting between former city planning director Pat Ford, and executives of Liberty Pacific Media and Capitol outdoor inc. with Mayor Ravenstahl stopping in. The issue is currently stuck in the city's Law Department. City Solicitor George Specter says an answer on this problem could come as early as next week.

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