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Iconic Citgo sign is one step closer to getting landmark status

The matter will now go to Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City Council, who have 45 days to veto the Landmark Commission’s move.

Boston, MA - 2/27/2017   - The Citgo sign is illuminated as the sun goes down in Boston, MA, February 27, 2017.  (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)
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The Citgo Sign took a key step towards becoming an official city landmark Tuesday night.

In a unanimous vote, the Boston Landmark Commission approved landmark status for the iconic sign, which would give it extra protections should a developer want to move or change it. The vote is the culmination of a two-year campaign by local preservationists, and Citgo, to ensure the sign keeps its place on Boston’s skyline amid plans by builder Related Beal to redevelop the buildings beneath it in Kenmore Square.

Last month, the Commission issued a report recommending a landmark designation — which would mandate deeper review of any potential changes — for the famous sign, saying it has “become a cultural symbol to the people of Boston that goes far beyond gasoline.’’