City scraps plans for convention center sign

November 27, 2018

HARLINGEN — The words Harlingen Convention Center won’t appear across a long, lighted sign along the building’s roofline.

Last night, city commissioners scrapped plans for the big sign after developers warned it was too heavy to stand along the roof’s ridge.

Instead, commissioners said they would consider a sign running along the $16.7 million building’s long porte-cochere.

Originally, architects planned the LED-lit sign reading Harlingen Convention Center run along the roofline.

Last month, BC Lynd Hospitality and designer Alexander Hilmy proposed running the sign with the words Harlingen Convention Center appearing in large, upper-case lettering along about half of the building’s roofline.

But the sign’s weight was too heavy for roof’s ridge.

“ It wasn’t built for that,” Assistant City Manager Carlos Sanchez said before the meeting. “The contractor would have to tear it down and re-do it.”

So the project’s design team proposed running the LED-lit sign closer to the rooftop of the building under construction at Teege and Harlingen Heights roads.

“ It will be designed to have visibility from the expressway,” Sanchez told commissioners.

However, the sign’s newly-proposed position would cut some of its visibility, City Manager Dan Serna said.

“ As you get closer to the building, visibility gets more difficult,” Serna said.

Serna said that could crop the sign out of guests’ photos.

“ You lose sight of part of the sign when you get closer to the building,” he said.

So now commissioners are considering running a sign along a beam above the porte-cochere over the building’s entrance.

“ That one will be visible no matter where you stand,” Serna said.

Serna has said the convention center’s construction is expected to be completed in January, about four months behind schedule.

On the eight-acre site at Teege and Harlingen Heights roads, San Antonio-based BC Lynd plans to build an attached $25 million, five-story Hilton Garden Inn, which is more than a year behind schedule.


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