May 19, 2022

Request for vendors to build San Pedro’s monument archway sign set to go out

View Original Notice ? Request for vendors to build San Pedro’s monument archway sign set to go out

A downtown San Pedro panel this week voted to send out a request for proposals on a monument-style, arched “welcome” sign that will stretch over Sixth Street near Harbor Boulevard.

Officials with the Pedro Business Improvement District agreed to a process designed to find a vendor to build the arched sign structure, with artistic proposals still to be considered.

Proposals are due Feb. 24, with a vendor set to be selected March 21.

On a separate track, three groups — the San Pedro Arts District, the Little Italy of Los Angeles’ San Pedro district and Los Angeles City Council District 15 — will be among those asked to weigh in on artistic elements for the future sign, such as wording and images. Also involved in that process will be downtown property owners and merchants who, through the PBID, will pay for the project.

The project is expected to run about $300,000, factoring in $40,000 for design and permitting consultation, according to discussions at a Wednesday, Jan. 26, special meeting of the PBID Board of Directors. But the cost could go up, officials said, because they still haven’t determined the lighting, which materials the sign will be made of or other design factors.

The location of the sign — near Beacon Street and close to the Green Onion restaurant — was determined in December after consultations with several Los Angeles city departments.

Initially, supporters of the sign hoped to put it closer to the corner of Sixth and Harbor Boulevard, but impediments — including a storm drain, trees and traffic signals — forced the positioning farther up the street to meet technical requirements.

While proponents say they believe it will still be seen from parts of Harbor Boulevard — despite large trees and a new development planned for the Sunrise Motel site on Harbor — one board member said views of the sign will probably be limited.

“It’s in a good space but unfortunately when you’re driving north on Harbor, you will not be able to see the sign because of the trees growing in the (Peppertree) Plaza,” said Warren Gunter. “On the south, you may or may not see it, depending on that (new) development. The one great view will be from the Ferry Building (the Los Angeles Maritime Museum at 6th and Harbor) or on Sixth Street.”

The city also has guidelines for lighting, including a provision that lights can’t point at the street, only at the sign itself.

The 28-page request for proposals, said PBID Executive Director Bob Iannessa, will target vendors who already have had experience creating the large monument signs that stand on two pillars and usually feature an arched, overhead centerpiece that connects them.

Similar signs can be found in Redondo Beach, San Jose, Santa Monica, San Diego and Long Beach.

Installing an arched overhead sign has been discussed for years in San Pedro but now appears to be close to reality, supporters have said.

Many of the PBID’s budgeted festivals and activities, including the popular Day of the Dead gathering, were canceled during the pandemic, and funding for the sign is largely now set aside in the organization’s budget.

The Business Improvement District collects assessments from property owners within its boundaries to pay for common area improvements, including private security, beautification and cleanup services, business promotions, street furniture, a trolley service and sponsorship of several public events during the year.

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