By Pat Loeb

CITY HALL (CBS) — There will be no advertising on two city-owned office buildings any time soon. The Philadelphia Art Commission, last week, rejected a proposal to put signs on the Municipal Services Building and One Parkway.

Always looking for new revenue streams, three years ago City Council passed a bill that would allow the city to sell space on its own property for advertising signs.

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Interstate Outdoor Advertising was the first to take them up on it, proposing five signs, two to three stories each on the two buildings which sit on either side of Love Park. Executive Director Bill Burke said the Commission didn’t like the plans.

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“The bottom line was they felt advertising of that scale on the public buildings at the City’s Civic Center just wasn’t appropriate.”

Burke said the vote followed a hearing in which a witness complained the signs suggested city government was for sale.

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The Commission suggested the firm try again with another approach. Mayor Kenney supported the proposal and said he’s disappointed, but accepts the decision.