Fort Worth Eliminates Signs on Tall Buildings Downtown

Group looks to eliminate signs atop tall buildings in downtown Fort Worth

Posted Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

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BY SANDRA BAKER

sabaker@star-telegram.com

FORT WORTH — A move is afoot to stop sign clutter of the downtown skyline before it becomes an issue.

Several months ago, the 12-member Design Review Committee of Downtown Fort Worth Inc. started mulling the issue after some members raised it.

“It’s a nice aesthetic when you look at downtown, and you look at the buildings we have and you don’t see signs on the buildings,” said committee Chairman Michael Bennett, principal and CEO of Bennett Benner Partners architecture firm in Fort Worth. “That keeps focus on the quality of architecture and the quality of design in downtown.”

The committee is gearing up to get language in the downtown design standards changed so that buildings taller than 10 stories cannot have signage at the top. Those signs typically reflect the name of the building or the largest tenant.

A few buildings fall in that category now, and if the standards are changed, those signs will be grandfathered. The committee, though, seems concerned that future developments could increase the number of requests and essentially clutter the skyline.

There is no height limit for signs at the top of buildings. Until now, building owners have simply understood that they wouldn’t put up signs on the mid- and high-rise buildings, Bennett said.

“This is codifying the gentlemen’s agreement that’s existed,” Bennett said.

Melissa Graham, property manager at 777 Main, said current and past owners of the 40-story office tower have been in accord with other high-rise owners not to put signs that high. The building went up in 1982.

The only time one was considered was in 1998 when UPR became the building’s major tenant, she said, and then only briefly.

“It wouldn’t have worked,” Graham said. “We want a wonderful skyline, unobstructed.”

The number of signs on a building now are limited. Building owners can have signs on two sides of a building with only one message, and the sign must complement the building’s architecture.

Some downtown buildings taller than 10 stories have signs at the top.

The AT&T logo faces south on its building at 11th and Throckmorton streets; the Omni Fort Worth and Sheraton hotels on the south end of downtown have signs, Trinity Terrace on the west edge of downtown has signs, and Legacy Texas Bank has its name at the top of the 20-story Two City Place at 100 Throckmorton St.

The proposed change must go before the Downtown Design Review Board, and if the board approves, it will make a recommendation to the Fort Worth Zoning Commission. The commission, in turn, will make a recommendation to the City Council, which would vote on the change.

Melissa Konur, planning director for Downtown Fort Worth Inc., a downtown advocacy group, said she has seen an increase in the use of custom blade signs on downtown buildings, smaller signs that hang from brackets and jut out from the building.

“We have a fairly pristine, clutter-free skyline,” Konur said. “Our large buildings don’t put big signs at the top of their buildings. In general in downtown, [businesses] are getting more creative with signage.”

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 Twitter: @SandraBakerFWST

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Greenville Texas Voting To Change Ordinance To Allow An Electronic Sign

New sign proposed for theater project

 

Public hearings are scheduled this week on a plan to add a new electronic sign at the Texan Theater in downtown Greenville.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

 

The Texan Theater is wanting its name up in lights … lots of lights.

The historic theater in downtown Greenville, currently undergoing a major renovation effort, would be home to a big new electronic sign if city leaders vote this week to approve a change in the code or ordinances.

The Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing during Monday’s regular session — starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street — before voting on whether to recommend the change to the Greenville City Council.

The council will also conduct a public hearing, before taking a final vote on the proposal, during Tuesday’s regular session agenda, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building.

In a memo to the council, City of Greenville Building Official Steve Methven said he had been approached by Del Rio Construction requesting an amendment to the city’s electronic sign regulations in order to install a new sign at the theater. Methven explained the contractor was asking has requested the permitted square footage of the sign be changed from 20 square feet to 36 square feet.

Under the city’s current ordinance regulating electronic signs with variable messages, such signs may not exceed 20 square feet and sign characters must have a minimum height of 10 inches and a maximum height of sixteen 16 inches.

The signs may not be animated, flash, travel, blink, fade, or scroll. The signs shall remain static for not less than 15 seconds, except that time and temperature displays shall remain static for not less than three seconds.

Only one variable message electronic sign, either free-standing or attached to a building, is permitted per lot.

Methven said the organizers behind the Texan Theater renovation have spent approximately $5 million on the project.

“They have recently decided to purchase an electronic sign, in order to do the necessary advertising they will need to operate the business,” Methven said, noting the City of Greenville Main Street Board approved the idea.

Methven is recommending changing the sign regulations to allow up to 36 feet of electronic signage.

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How Do You Draw Attention To Your Sign

Creative Sign Ideas

Creative Sign Ideas

Frequently business owners are battling with the same problem.  They’ve spent a lot of money on a sign but still aren’t getting the business they expected.

There are many reasons that this can happen.  Unfortunately running a business isn’t as easy as putting up a sign and the customers come flocking in with bills-in-hand.  The first step is you have to get them in the door, but then you have to get them coming back.

Maybe your business had a great grand opening but now business has tapered off.  If that’s the case, it may not be your sign.  Usually your grand opening comes with a lot of flair, specials, unique events and a lot of other advertising (we have a portable gigantic LED full color display that we bring out for our customers’ grand opening to really help them hit the ground running).  So once all of that extra jazz is over with business will naturally taper off.  But is your lack of traffic normal?

First thing you should do is see if there’s something about the way you are running your business that is pushing customers away.  Is the business clean?  Is the parking lot bright (most business owners do not place enough value on this one simple, but effective, point)?  Is your product good?  Is it priced correctly?

Outside of your management issues, look to marketing.  Your best marketing will be your sign, so what can you do to your sign to make it more visible?  One simple solution is to add neon.  Yes, LEDs have taken over the industry but you’ll be surprised how effective good ol’ neon is at pulling in business.  Don’t be alarmed by the “it’s fragile” argument.  It is a time tested lighting element that has been used on every building type from highrises (the famous downtown Dallas green building) to converted houses. It’s wildly effective, inexpensive, and durable.

Second, look at your storefront. Is the sign effective from a marketing standpoint? The City of Fort Worth describes effective signs in their Downtown Design Review Board guidelines. They make the following observations (and these are good ones!):

  • Materials and colors should contribute to legibility and visual appeal
  • Sign colors should complement facade colors (this does not mean the sign should blend in with the background)
  • A sign with a brief, succinct message is attractive and easy to read
  • Sign fonts should be both legible and artistic
  • Contrast between the color of the background and the letters or symbols makes the sign easier to read
  • Symbols and logos on signs, identifying the business, add interest to the street, are quickly read, and are often remembered more easily than words.

These are very good guidelines to keep in mind when you are thinking about your storefront, your sign and your logo. A good sign company should help you create an effective sign. But don’t trust them too much. Many sign company employees are just as inexperienced with signs as you are.

When looking for advice, find a sign company that has been in business several years. See if they have creative ideas, unique products and a pursuit towards cutting edge technology. Every year there are new products out that can help you stay visible to your customers.

Remember, your best marketing will always be your storefront.

James Watson (27 year veteran of sign fabrication and owner of Signs Manufacturing Corporation in Dallas, Texas)

Also visit Sunburst LED Displays for the best full color and monochrome digital LED signage.

Donald Trump and Rahm Emanuel Fight Over Sign As World Now Understands Why Chicago Is In Economic Turmoil

Sign points to Emanuel, Trump faceoff

June 12, 2014|Blair Kamin | Cityscapes
The new Trump sign is nearly complete on the Trump Tower.
The new Trump sign is nearly complete on the Trump Tower. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

The last letter in the huge “TRUMP” sign that Donald Trump is putting on his Chicago skyscraper has yet to be installed, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel is ready to pass judgment.

Thumbs down.

“The mayor thinks the sign is awful,” Bill McCaffrey, a mayoral spokesman, told the Tribune on Wednesday. “It’s in very poor taste and scars what is otherwise an architecturally accomplished building.”

The city is exploring options that could lead Trump to remove the sign, according to McCaffrey, though he declined to specify what those options are.

Emanuel’s blunt assessment of the sign, which city zoning administrator Patricia Scudiero and Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, greenlighted last year, sets up a confrontation between two towering figures with no small egos: Emanuel, with a reputation for calculated aggression that runs from Chicago to Washington, and Trump, famous for his “The Apprentice” reality TV show and the slogan “You’re fired!”

An attempt to reach a representative of the 96-story Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago’s second-tallest building, for reaction to the mayor’s take on the sign was unsuccessful. Trump will have a chance to respond Thursday during a scheduled appearance on ABC’s “The View.”

Emanuel’s assessment follows my negative review of the sign Friday and national news stories about the controversy.

In one, posted on The Wall Street Journal’s website Tuesday, Trump lambasted the lead architect of his tower, Chicago’s Adrian Smith, for calling the sign tasteless and claimed he had done more to design the building than Smith. And Trump repeated his argument that the sign will become as beloved as the LA’s Hollywood sign.

“It happens to be great for Chicago, because I have the hottest brand in the world,” Trump told the Journal.

Smith had a different view.

“Anything that would happen that would either reduce the size of the sign significantly or take it off would be great,” he said Wednesday night.

To outsiders, the brouhaha stirred by Trump’s sign may seem overblown in a city with many more serious problems, like rampant gun violence. But Chicago takes its architecture and public spaces seriously.

More than 200 feet above ground and backlit at night, the sign and its 20-foot-6-inch-high stainless steel letters loom over a venerable cluster of 1920s skyscrapers, among them the Wrigley Building. The sign, which faces the Chicago River, also threatens to spoil the view from a showcase Emanuel public works project — the ongoing expansion of Chicago’s Riverwalk.

Though McCaffrey said the mayor is not focused on the precedent the sign sets, you don’t need a degree in urban planning to realize that owners of other riverfront buildings could be tempted to follow Trump and plaster their skyscrapers with megasigns. The touristsEmanuel covets already are taking notice.

After a visit to Chicago, Terry Elder, of Toronto, emailed me: “We were overwhelmed with the beautiful buildings when we took the architectural boat cruise on the Chicago River; however, we were totally shocked and dismayed when we saw the sign going up on the Trump building.”

With public outrage over the sign mounting, Ald. Reilly on Friday sought political cover by invoking the memory of the structure that used to occupy the Trump site: the bargelike Chicago Sun-Times Building. It was topped by a large yellow sign spelling out the paper’s name.

“Funny how quickly people forgot the enormous, ugly Chicago Sun-Times sign that once stood in (this) exact location,” Reilly tweeted — as if the absence of the old bad sign rationalized the presence of the new bad sign.

There was no mention of the gargantuan sign when the City Council approved Trump’s skyscraper in 2002. In boilerplate language, the agreement regulating the tower said that “business identification signs” would come under the purview of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development.

In 2009, with the tower already open, the City Council approved a sign of 3,600 square feet, planning department spokesman Peter Strazzabosco said Wednesday in an email.

Last year, after a fresh round of negotiations, the council gave its OK to the present sign, which, when the “P” in “TRUMP” is installed, will cover 2,891 square feet.

In granting approval, zoning administrator Scudiero did not consult with Emanuel or high-level mayoral aides like Deputy Mayor Steve Koch, McCaffrey said.

Questions about the mayor’s involvement in the sign’s approval were raised in light of Illinois State Board of Elections records that show Emanuel’s campaign got a $50,000 contribution from Trump in 2010. The same year, Trump contributed $5,000 to Reilly’s campaign.

Courts have long upheld the right of communities to regulate signs — provided they articulate standards that are specific, not subjective.

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Is This Sign Made With Electrical Tape?

Electrician Tape Sign?

 

The graphics on this brand new sign were flapping in the wind. So much that I’m not really sure what the name of this business is! Are these letters made with electricians tape?

I almost don’t want to put a link to my sign company on this post because I’m afraid people will associate my company with this sign.  But … I’ll do it anyways …

This sign was NOT built by Signs Manufacturing & Maintenance Corporation

 

Colon Hydrotherapy Parking In Rear

Therapy Sign

 

Be careful when you choose what your sign is going to say. You may end up offending your customers … or maybe just making them laugh.

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Euthanasia in Christianity?

Let's not go to extremes here!

Let’s not go to extremes here!

 

Sometimes you need to step back and look at your message BEFORE you put it out there!  Remember, a good sign brings people in but a bad sign drives them away.

A Sign That Victoria’s Secret Has Really Gone Downhill!

Victoria’s Secret has really gone downhill!

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Jon Taffer From Bar Rescue Knows The Value of a Sign

“Look at that sign, it’s like made out of plastic!” – Jon Taffer, Host of Bar Rescue

“If they put that little effort into their sign, I’d hate to see what they put in their food.” -Nick Liberato, Celebrity Chef and Owner/Operator of Calidelphia Catering0

“…but look at that sign, it only faces one way! They’re turning their back on 13,000 cars every day!” -Jon Taffer

Bar Rescue

[from the Bar Rescue site]

If there’s anyone who can prevent a bar or restaurant from going belly up, it’s Jon Taffer. With his brand new book,Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions, our guy Taffer presents a fascinating and practical guide to what actually makes a bar into a great bar.

Raise the Bar unlocks the secrets to running a successful enterprise with Reaction Management, a strategy and philosophy Taffer developed and uses in his business and on Bar Rescue. It works whether you’re running a storefront operation or a web-based company.

Taffer’s main philosophy is this: All business is about creating the right reactions in your customers and you can control those reactions to a large degree. Raise the Bar is the definitive manual on transforming a bar or restaurant with actionable, proven strategies for immediate impact.

Widely considered the greatest authority in the food and beverage, hotel, and hospitality industries, Taffer runs the biggest trade show in the business and has turned around nearly 1,000 bars and at least that many restaurants.

As you all know, Jon is the chairman of Taffer Dynamics and President of the Nightclub & Bar Media Group. He’s an industry expert, management guru, and the television star of Bar Rescue. With close to three decades of hands-on experience, Jon is a two-time winner of the Bar Operator of the Year award.

Bars mean money, but they also mean stress if they aren’t properly run. Jon Taffer is a bar and nightclub owner who has started, flipped, or owned over 600 bars and clubs in his career and currently owns one of the most highly respected consulting firms in the bar and nightclub industry. Jon will travel around the country and employ his expertise to return struggling bars to the cash cows they once were. Everything from the science of the perfect pour, to the height of the bar stools is a key factor in making a bar the hottest place in town.

 

Contact Signs Manufacturing for your next sign!

Navarre Taco Bell Suffers Fire Damage

Navarre Taco Bell suffers fire damage

Friday, 28 June 2013
Written by Shelby Smithey

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The Taco Bell in Navarre suffered about $100,000 damage when a fire broke out just after 3 p.m. last Friday in the front area of the restaurant located at 8714 Navarre Pkwy.

No one was injured in the fire, and all Taco Bell employees and patrons were able to exit the building safely without incident.

Flames engulfed the upper front of the building as firefighters from Navarre Beach Fire Department, Midway Fire District and Holley-Navarre Fire District worked to stop the fire.

Early reports from Taco Bell employees were that the fire started when someone tossed a cigarette into a flowerbed with mulch in the front of the restaurant, which then caught fire and spread up the front of the building.

The State Fire Marshall’s report, however, indicates that the fire was caused by an unknown electrical issue. The fire has been ruled accidental, and caused an estimated $100,000 in damage, according to Anna Alexopoulos, press secretary of the State Fire Marshall’s Office in Tallahassee.

Original Article at Navarre Press