Even more updates: The Central Liquor sign

As you may recall from my posts here and here, last month the HPRB heard an application to change the iconic Central Liquor sign in Penn Quarter. The proposal from the building’s current owners would have changed the word “Central” to “Joe’s” and the word “Liquor” to “Souvenirs”.  The Board’s conclusion was to hold the record open until its next meeting: the HPO’s representative would go to do some research into relocating the sign, Joe’s would revise its application.

Well, the Board’s meeting is tomorrow and the Central Liquor sign issue is not on the agenda.  Joe’s still has not decided how to proceed, and the next step depends on them. The HPRB cannot prevent Joe’s from removing the sign – it’s not protected as a historic landmark  because it has been moved multiple times (it’s original location was probably 518 9th Street).  But the HPRB would probably have to approve any significant changes to the sign.  The HPO tells me that it’s likely that the issue will never come back before the Board, and that a solution will probably be negotiated between Joe’s and the HPO staff.

I plan to keep checking in with the HPO about this issue, and will post updates as I receive them.  Stay tuned…

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2 thoughts on “Even more updates: The Central Liquor sign

  1. I agree, and the HPRB appears to agree with you too. The recommendation by the HPO staff to the Board last month was this:

    “The HPO recommends that the Board deny the permit application and advise the applicant to submit a new building permit application for replacing the words “LIQUOR” with “SOUVENIR” only.”

    In talking with the HPO today, they seem to feel that any greater change would make it an entirely new sign.

    Thanks for reading, and for your comments!

    -The Location

  2. Paul

    >> The proposal from the building’s current owners would have changed the word “Central” to “Joe’s” and the word “Liquor” to “Souvenirs”.

    That doesn’t even sound like a change to the existing sign to me as much as it is just an entirely new sign altogether.

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