State Center Community College District is taking a second crack at removing the iconic G sign atop its downtown headquarters.
Efforts to remove the sign last month had to be halted when the sign’s unexpected weight proved an obstacle.
“The sign weighed more than initial estimates (4,500-6,500 pounds), tipping the scales at 11,000+ pounds,” the district said in a news release. “After the crane was adjusted to accommodate the weight, there was some element in the post’s infrastructure that prevented the sign from being lifted from the post, despite numerous attempts. Since that time, contractors have further examined the sign and its post to remedy the unseen obstacles.”
The sign is being removed because it is rusting and could pose a hazard to passers-by in downtown Fresno. It’s a remnant of the building’s former life as the Guarantee Savings and Loan Association building.
Roadways and sidewalks on Fresno and Fulton streets adjacent to the building will be closed for the project, which is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Saturday and continue through mid-morning.