A welcome to the downtown area of Newport, complete with community announcements on a daytime visible and changeable LED sign, is possibly just a few months away. That was the message during last night’s Newport Town Hall meeting, a meeting devoted to city center issues.
For literally years, the downtown Art Deco District business community has been trying to come up with something prominent that would celebrate the downtown’s Art Deco design roots that can be found in the Yaquina Bay Bridge, just to the south.
A large Art Deco miniature bridge pylon at the corner of 101 and Hurbert was, for a time, thought to be the preferred prominent feature for motorists and pedestrians moving by to become aware of and appreciate the historical impact the Art Deco age had on Newport as revealed in buildings along 101, including the Lincoln County School District Office. However, the pylon fell from favor. The new monument sign with Art Deco accents appears well on its way to becoming the choice of the downtown business community.
Approval of the sign is still a ways out. It must pass city review and the funds released to construct it. However, Art Deco District businessman Frank Geltner said that it’s conceivable that it could be up and running before the end of the year. The sign is proposed to be managed by the Newport Chamber of Commerce which will moderate requests for time on the sign from local groups and non-profit agencies.