The owners of Arsenal Yards, Boylston Properties, have pulled a request for permission to put an illuminated sign on the top of the tower at the East Watertown complex.
Bill McQuillan, principal of Boylston Properties, sent a letter to City Council President Mark Sideris and Assistant Town Manager Steve Magoon informing them of the request. The Zoning Amendment for the sign on top of the 130-foot building known as 100 Forge was scheduled to be discussed at the Sept. 27 City Council Meeting, after having been approved by the Planning Board in July.
In the letter, McQuillan wrote, in part:
“We understand that many folks believe that it is inappropriate, and while we may disagree, we have long listened to the responsible voices in Watertown, which collectively have made our several projects in town better.”
The requested zoning change was opposed by many residents for multiple reasons, including that it would shine light over the Charles River, and that it did not fit with the character of Watertown.
The letter continues:
“We regret our own mistakes in not providing more and better information earlier on in the process has contributed greatly to the issues that have bothered our Watertown friends.”
Boylston Properties also reserves the right to revisit the sign at a future time, but not this calendar year, the letter said.