Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Hearing For Verizon Center's New Signs

Rachelle Nigro, Commissioner of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2C reached out to let us know that representatives from the Verizon Center will be present at the next meeting to discuss and seek approval for their new electronic signs - specifically this piece of legislation introduced by Councilmember Yvette Alexander.

Once enacted, it will give Mayor Vince Gray ninety days to issue rules for the "intended nine additional displays on the exterior of the Verizon Center... including, but not limited to, banners, digital displays, digital screens, digital video monitors, animated signs for commercial establishments located within the building, static canvas displays, projects for projecting static and moving images onto the Verizon Center, interactive kiosks and images projected onto the façade of the Verizon Center."  

Additionally, each sign would have to be approved by DC's Office of Planning and Department of Transportation to ensure traffic safety and that the signs do not "adversely impact the character and integrity of the Verizon Center."

The meeting will be next Wednesday, November 2nd at 6:30pm at the Shaw Library at 7th and Rhode Island Ave., N.W., and the Verizon Center issue is relatively high up on the agenda.  Love the signs?  Show up to support the new growth in the neighborhood.  Hate them?  Be heartened by the fact that it was largely community outrage that led the DC government to shoot very similar plans down just a few years ago.  Be sure your voice is heard - regardless of your opinion - at the ANC2C meeting next week.

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