Preliminary landmark status granted for Citgo sign

BOSTON (WHDH) - The Boston Landmarks Commission granted preliminary landmark status to the Citgo sign in Kenmore Square Tuesday evening.

The status means it cannot be touched or taken down without approval by the Boston Landmarks Commission.

The building that the sign stands on top of is owned by Boston University. The university announced its plans to sell the building and many were worried the sign would come down.

A study will be done to look into whether or not the sign can move forward to become a landmark.

After the study, the Boston Landmarks Commission will vote to make the sign an official landmark. If it is approved, it will move onto the Mayor and then the City Council.

Statement from Boston University spokesman Colin Riley:

“BU has long recognized the special nature of the Citgo sign and we think the conversation about its future is a good thing. We’ve talked about its iconic nature with all of the parties interested in purchasing the building upon which the sign sits, and each one of them responded with concepts that include the sign. That’s a very good thing, too. We are looking forward to the redevelopment of the north side of Kenmore Square and the robust public process that will accompany it.”

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