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By adamg - 11/6/20 - 12:03 pm

Related Beal, which is re-doing the Citgo Sign block in Kenmore Square, has asked the BPDA for permission to shift about 12,000 square feet of planned ground-floor retail space in one building to laboratory space for the biotech R&D companies it hopes to attract. Read more.

By adamg - 8/11/20 - 10:38 am

Boston Police report arresting eight people - and issuing summons to two more - for last night's attempt to cover at least one side of the Citgo sign with a climate-change banner. Read more.

By adamg - 8/10/20 - 8:13 pm
Citgo sign now a Climate Justice sign

Update: Ten charged.

TJ Connelly got a photo of the Citgo Sign refinished as the Climate Change Sign this evening. Unfortunately for them, they forgot to put holes in the banner to account for the wind, so ... Read more.

By adamg - 6/3/19 - 11:51 am

BU Today details some of the next steps in Related Beal's plans to remake the BU-owned block with the building that supports the Citgo Sign (don't worry, that stays).

By adamg - 11/29/18 - 2:34 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports on a deal between Walsh, Boston University, which owns the building the giant red triangular flasher sits on and Related Beal, which has a deal with BU to knock down much of the block and put up new office space.

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By adamg - 8/22/18 - 4:55 pm
Rain over Kenmore Square

Paula Tennyson watched the rain come down over Kenmore Square and the Fenway around 4 p.m.

Down at Jamaica Pond, this ominous cloud approached quickly - about five minutes after the shot below, a torrential downpour began: Read more.

By adamg - 7/22/18 - 6:18 pm
Boston is destroyed by a giant wave or something in next Godzilla movie

From the Citgo Sign to the R2-D2 building. See it larger.

Eagle-eyed kaiju fan Chris Devers alerts us that the trailer for next summer's "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" features Boston being destroyed by a tsunami (coming, oddly, from Cambridge). Read more.

By adamg - 5/10/18 - 9:26 am
New look for Kenmore Square block

Gyro Gearloose inspects new buildings in this architect's rendering.

Related Beal yesterday filed its detailed plans to remake the Kenmore Square block topped by the Citgo Sign, featuring the replacement of six of the seven buildings and an extensive overhaul of the building that supports the sign. Read more.

By adamg - 2/2/18 - 9:42 am

Related Beal says it won't move the oil-company ad turned beloved Boston beacon when it redoes the block of nine buildings in Kenmore Square that it's agreed to lease from Boston University. Read more.

By adamg - 1/6/18 - 5:13 pm
Sun sets over the Charles River

John Gage took a moment to watch the dying sun over the frozen Charles before getting up on his tauntaun for the ride home. Read more.

By adamg - 7/9/17 - 10:18 am
Dawn over the Citgo sign

Ryan Murphy got up early on a Sunday to watch the sun come up.

By adamg - 4/4/17 - 8:41 pm
Citgo sign in the rain

Alyssa Miller says rainy nights make Boston pop.

By adamg - 3/15/17 - 6:27 pm

Mayor Walsh today announced a deal that will keep the Citgo sign flashing above Kenmore Square for years and years.

Walsh says Citgo and Related Beal, the company that now owns the building the sign sits on, hammered out a deal in a room at City Haill - which he offered to them as a "neutral negotiation location" for as long as they needed to work out a deal. Read more.

By adamg - 3/3/17 - 9:06 am

The Boston Preservation Alliance is looking for names on a signature to help convince the Boston Landmarks Commission to designate the iconic Kenmore Square sign as an official city landmark, now that Citgo and the new owner of the building the sign sits on are unable to agree on how much rent the sign is worth.

Also see: Campaign to Save the Citgo Sign.

By adamg - 8/12/16 - 10:05 pm

BU Today reports the buyer is Related Beal, which turned the old Lovejoy Wharf into Converse's new world headquarters, and which is currently building an all-affordable apartment building near North Station.

Although the company is buying the buildings, BU will continue to own the land they're on. Not resolved: The future of the Citgo sign.

By adamg - 7/13/16 - 9:43 am

WBUR reports the Boston Landmark Commission voted yesterday to grant temporary landmark status to the Citgo sign as it spends the next three months considering whether the iconic flashing triangle should get permanent protection.

The move means the owner of the building can't remove the sign as the commission ponders its fate. Boston University, which owns the sign, has not made any noises about removing it, but it is also looking to sell the building that serves as its base.

By adamg - 6/25/16 - 12:15 pm

With BU looking to sell the building that now serves as the iconic sign's base, the Boston Preservation Alliance has started collecting signatures on a request to Boston to designate the giant, glowing beacon an official city landmark.

Landmark designation will protect the CITGO sign permanently and require any possible changes to be reviewed (including those that result from future development of 660 Beacon Street). Further, it will recognize the CITGO sign as an important piece of Boston history and culture.

By adamg - 1/26/16 - 9:18 am
Sun rising over the Citgo sign and Kenmore Square in Boston

JGD watched the sun come up over Kenmore Square this morning.

Tim Shawver was up early as well and watched the sunrise over Boston Harbor: Read more.

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