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Bass Pro Shop Ranger Tower Proposed

The new Bass Pro Shop at I-5 and 72nd in south Tacoma has gotten a lot of attention as a retail destination. Now they're asking to raise the visibility of their new store a little more with a rather large sign - and a dozen smaller signs.

A proposed free-standing sign, "designed in the style of a historic ranger tower in Washington," would stand at 65 feet tall next to I-5. Two proposed Bass Pro logos just below the ranger shelter at the top would each be 21 feet by nearly 14 feet, for an area of 287 square feet each. A sign of that size is outside the normal signage allowed, requiring that the City grant Bass Pro Shops variances.

Along with variances for number, distance between, heigh, and size of freestanding signs for the ranger tower, Bass Pro Shops is also requesting variances to the allowed number of wall signs and total square footage for wall signs. Those signs, the company says, are important to direct customers to the number of "activity centers" within the store, including one for Uncle Buck's Fishbowl Bar & Grill. We count about a dozen in the land use application documents. Apparently all these requests are actually reduced from initial proposals after discussions with the City. 

Read the public notice here (pdf). Public comment will be accepted on the proposal through April 29.

What we really want to know is whether they'll be renting out the ranger tower for camping...

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