Petition calls for Citgo Sign to be an official landmark

BOSTON (WHDH) - Thousands of people have signed a petition that would make a staple of the Boston skyline a permanent fixture.

The Citgo Sign sits above a building in Kenmore Square that is now up for sale, leaving its future uncertain. To keep the sign where it is, Lynn Smiledge, the chair of the Boston Landmarks Commission, has submitted a petition to make the Citgo Sign an official landmark.

Greg Galer, of the Boston Preservation Alliance, has also created a petition to preserve the Citgo Sign. It has gathered thousands of signatures in just a few days.

“We wanted to demonstrate there was significant public support for that, so in a week we’ve generated about 500 signatures a day,” said Galer.

The Boston Landmarks Commission will consider the petition at a meeting in July. To become an official landmark, the proposal would also need approval by the mayor and city council, along with extensive research.

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