DOB says iconic Watchtower sign was illegal for half a century
Developers are fighting agency to install new sign
According to the city’s Department of Buildings, the sign and the E.R. Squibb & Sons’ sign it replaced in 1970 were installed on the roof of 25-30 Columbia Heights illegally. For this reason, the DOB is preventing the building’s new owners from putting a new sign on its roof, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported.
The joint venture of developers removed the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ sign in December, as part of a redevelopment of the building into an office and retail complex dubbed “Panorama.” The developers, who purchased the building in 2016 for $340 million, left the sign’s framework, paving the way for a replacement sign.
The DOB maintains that Squibb never obtained permits for its sign, meaning that putting a sign on the building would represent a structural alteration. The joint venture is appealing the DOB’s decision before the Board of Standards and Appeals. [Brooklyn Eagle] — Kathryn Brenzel