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Crews Hoist Massive New Signs Onto Downtown High-Rise

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Something new was added to the Nashville skyline early Sunday morning.

It's a familiar name and logo, but on a new location. Around 6:30 Sunday morning, crews hoisted two new 47-foot long Regions Bank signs onto the bank's new headquarters, One Nashville Place. That's at 150 4th Avenue North.

The glass-enclosed building, sometimes referred to as the R2D2 building, will house both the local and regional operations for Regions. The bank is moving from Regions Center, the former First American Center, on Deaderick Street.

"We've been at that previous location for a long time," said Jim Schmitz with Regions Bank. "It was time to move into something a little different and this is where we chose. It's a great building and it looks even better now with our sign on top."

Changing the sign was no easy task. Several people were on the roof along with others in a helicopter to pull it off. The chopper picked up the signs from the parking lot of LP Field and flew them across the river to the top of the building. Each sign was flown over individually and the helicopter had to refuel in between the two installations.

That caused several roads beneath the route to be shut down Sunday morning. That included parts of 1st through 5th Streets, along with Printers Alley, Commerce Street and Broadway. 

Moving signs like those can cost around $40,000.

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