By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun
6:28 PM EDT, August 8, 2011
A city design panel on Monday approved Phillips Seafood's plans for new signs and windows at the Inner Harbor's Power Plant, where the company plans to open a 500-seat restaurant by early October in former ESPN Zone space.
Baltimore's Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel gave the exterior renovation plans final approval after the company revised its initial signage plans.
The approved package includes a sign in which "Phillips" is spelled out in red letters nearly 18 feet tall, but not so tall as to reach above the roofline as originally planned. Phillips also will drop plans to spell out "Seafood" in white letters underneath..
The company made the changes after panel members objected to the original proposal, saying the taller signs were misleading, giving the impression that the restaurant would occupy more than the historic building's first floor.
The restaurant plans a valet parking drop-off area on the East Pratt Street side of the building, where it also plans to carve several windows into the brick to let more light into the dining room. Design panel members had asked the architecture firm, Design Collective, to consider placing a canopy over the windows but decided against that option after seeing the revised design.
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