Carrie Rengers

Rumors of this sign’s demise are greatly exaggerated

This popular Union Station sign will be incorporated into the next phase of renovation at the development.
This popular Union Station sign will be incorporated into the next phase of renovation at the development. The Wichita Eagle

Mark Twain claimed reports of his death were greatly exaggerated, and that was even without social media.

So, before this news makes the social media rounds in a bigger way, let’s clear up something.

An Eagle reader had a question via Facebook this weekend about the historic train canopy with the Wichita sign at Union Station.

The reader heard developers are going to tear down the sign, but Occidental Management president Chad Stafford says it’s not true.

“We’re planning to incorporate that into the renovation,” Stafford says.

The company purchased Union Station in 2013 and is redeveloping it in phases.

The next phase is about to get underway and will include the canopy and its famous sign, which is often featured in stories about the city as well as countless senior portraits, too.

Stafford says he’ll share plans “here pretty quickly.”

“We don’t exactly know what that will look like just yet.”

He says none of the potential plans call for removing the sign.

“We’re not going to take that thing down.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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