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Citgo sign closer to landmark status with commission vote

November 15, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Landmark Commission has approved landmark status for the famed Citgo sign in Kenmore Square.

The commission voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve the status for the sign following a two-year campaign from local preservationists and Citgo Petroleum Corp. to ensure the 60-foot sign retains its place in Boston’s skyline.

The commission issued a report last month recommending landmark status, saying the sign has become a cultural symbol in Boston “far beyond gasoline.”

Landmark designation would require all changes and alterations to the sign to go before a mayor-appointed board.

A spokeswoman for Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh says he will take the recommendation into consideration. Walsh has 15 days to either deny the designation or send it to the Boston City Council for final approval.

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