The Foster’s Freeze sign that was removed earlier this week from the recently closed downtown San Luis Obispo ice cream shop may be incorporated into the mixed-use project being planned for the Marsh Street corner.
Dennis Adams, who owns the Foster’s Freeze building, said that he took the sign down for fear of it being vandalized and at the request of the restaurant’s corporate offices.
A city condition that the sign be saved and repurposed with the new development still stands. However, Adams said that until now no one had ever told him.
He also didn’t know that he needed a permit to remove it.
Derek Johnson, the city’s community development director, said an enforcement letter outlining the necessary permits will be sent to Adams.
Adams said he is willing to work with the city and allow the sign, which is being kept safe, to be used downtown to preserve its historical nature.
“I’ll do everything in the world to get it there,” Adams said.