Council member calls D.C. Trump hotel signage into question

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The new Trump hotel in Washington, Wednesday, July 8, 2015, as rehab continues on the building. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (AP)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16:   Business mogul Donald Trump gives a speech as he announces his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015 in New York City.  Trump is the 12th Republican who has announced running for the White House.  (Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY — JUNE 16: Business mogul Donald Trump gives a speech as he announces his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015 in New York City. Trump is the 12th Republican who has announced running for the White House. (Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Christopher Gregory)
D.C. Council member Charles Allen says the construction sign outside Donald Trump's future hotel looks very similar to materials used in his presidential campaign.  (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
D.C. Council member Charles Allen says the construction sign outside Donald Trump’s future hotel looks very similar to materials used in his presidential campaign. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck) (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
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The New Trump hotel in Washington, Wednesday, July 8, 2015, continues being rehabbed for it’s 2016 opening. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (AP/Susan Walsh)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16:   Business mogul Donald Trump gives a speech as he announces his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015 in New York City.  Trump is the 12th Republican who has announced running for the White House.  (Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)
D.C. Council member Charles Allen says the construction sign outside Donald Trump's future hotel looks very similar to materials used in his presidential campaign.  (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
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WASHINGTON — For Donald Trump, it is sign of the times.

While work continues on his future hotel in the Old Post Office Pavilion, a D.C. Council member has raised questions about the giant construction sign surrounding the building.

Against a dark blue background, “TRUMP” is printed in large font. The words “Coming 2016” appear in smaller letters.

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A D.C. Council member says the Trump hotel sign is similar to the materials used in Trump’s presidential campaign, specifically a sign affixed to his podium. (Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)

At issue is its similarity to materials used in his presidential campaign, specifically a sign affixed to his podium.

“The sign went up before he was a candidate,” says Charles Allen, Ward 6. “Now that he is a candidate, has anything substantially changed that would require that sign to have another look?”

To figure that out, Allen sent a letter to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

In it, he writes the signage is “substantially similar in color scheme, font, lettering and election year to the logo created and utilized by Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign.”

The DCRA confirms it will examine the questions raised in the letter.

While Allen calls Trump’s earlier characterization of Mexican immigrants offensive, he says this examination is only about the appropriateness and permitting of the construction sign.

“It is a private development on government property,” he says. “My question to DCRA is whether or not that triggers them to be requiring permits.”

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