The Bass Pro design team has asked for a little more time to go over suggestions and perhaps tweak their plans for the exterior of the Pyramid. A meeting for set for Monday to accept or reject the plans has been canceled.
Last week, the company presented its proposal for what the signs on the side of the Pyramid would look like. Members of the community and the board that must approve the signs made suggestions to Bass Pro to alter the proposal. Many thought the 66 foot signs were too big. Others thought the internally lit signs would be too bright for the downtown neighborhood.
The attorney for bass pro repeatedly pointed out that signs of this size were in the original lease agreement and that the signs needed to be to scale because of how large the Pyramid is.
But, it appears Bass Pro is open to suggestions.
"They just told us they wanted more time. They're vetting several different options. None of them may work. In the end they may come back to us and say the application we submitted is what we need. But they heard some really good ideas from the public and design review board and they felt like it was in their interest to consider some of those," says Paul Morris with the Downtown Memphis Commission.
The designers are also looking at the scale of the large flag at the point of the building and the digital signs that would greet visitors walking up to the Pyramid.
Bass Pro did not return a request for more details on which aspects of the design could be changing.
A follow-up meeting has not yet been scheduled, but is expected in the next few weeks. Bass Pro says it hopes to open in time for the holiday shopping season.
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