CHRS Joins Historic District Coalition Opposing New Signage for Verizon Center
by Larry Janezich
At its Tuesday night meeting, the Restoration Society’s Board voted 10-2 to oppose bill currently before the City Council which would allow the Verizon Center to add nine electronic signs to its façade. The vote came on a motion by Board member Gary Peterson to endorse a letter of opposition being drafted by representatives of the Foggy Bottom Historic District Conservancy and the DuPont Circle Conservancy and to forward that letter and endorsement to Councilmember Tommy Wells.
Board members were concerned about the precedent it would set. Chuck Burger called it “a dangerous exemption.” Shauna Holmes said “the precedent is horrible.” And Gary Peterson remarked, “If these people can get away with it, everybody will want it.”
The bill, the “Verizon Center Graphics and entertainment Act of 2011” sponsored by Councilmember Yvette Alexander, is scheduled for a public hearing January 23. It requires the Mayor to issue rules governing additional graphics for the displays on the exterior of the Verizon Center.