The Sam the Record Man sign will sit atop the Toronto Public Health building at 277 Victoria St.

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Sam sign officially moving in, Rye to shoulder costs

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By Jackie Hong

The Sam the Record Man sign has finally found a new permanent home and Ryerson University will be footing the bill of its move-in.

Toronto City Council voted earlier Thursday morning to have the sign mounted on top of the Toronto Public Health building, which is owned by the city, at 277 Victoria St.

Artistic renderings show that the sign will be facing Dundas Square.

Ryerson will be paying for the reassembly, mounting and maintenance of the sign, which is currently being stored at Gregory Signs & Engraving Limited in Vaughan.

The school’s original agreement with the city required it to mount the sign at the record store’s original location at the corner of Yonge and Gould streets, now the site of Ryerson’s new Student Learning Centre (SLC).

The case stirred up controversy between the university, city and Toronto history enthusiasts when Ryerson began proposing other locations for the sign, saying that mounting it inside the SLC might pose safety risks due to the mercury inside the sign’s bulbs, be distracting to students and that it would clash with the SLC’s design.

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