Raleigh Council To Consider Skyscraper Sign Proposal
Posted May 24, 2006 9:02 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — A plan to change the outside look of downtown Raleigh high rises will head back to the City Council.
RBC Centura wants a change in the city's sign ordinance to allow a larger sign on its new skyscraper. Officials with the Raleigh's Planning Commission said larger signs can help identify the downtown as people drive into the city. The commission also believes the signs create a sense of place and can support economic development downtown.
However, some members of a city council committee say larger signs look out of scale and too commercial. They are concerned that the proposed change would add visual clutter to the downtown landscape.
Right now, 300 square feet of signage on one side of a building is the limit. The proposal is to more than double the current standards to 750 square feet.