Developer hopes to save once record-setting flagpole

Work continues on the Assembly Park development near the intersection of K Avenue and Spring Creek Parkway where Plano Market Square Mall once stood

There’s something missing from the Assembly Park construction site that was formerly the home of Plano Market Square Mall.  A flagpole billed as the world’s tallest when it was installed in 1983 was recently taken down.

Last year, developer Triten Real Estate Partners had the flagpole repainted. They intended to fly an Assembly Park flag on it during their March 2021 groundbreaking event. However, while work was being done on the pole, they discovered issues on some old welds near the narrower top part of the pole.

“We had the pole inspected and unfortunately received a report that the stability of the pole was in question,” Triten spokesperson Lisa Reyerse said. “Even without flying a flag, the professionals were concerned about how sound the structure was after years of it not being maintained.”

The flagpole was uninstalled so that more thorough diagnostics could be performed. The hope is that it can still be saved.

“The flagpole has always remained in our plans for the site, so it is a priority to learn more on its integrity and to get it back up in a timely fashion,” Reyerse says.

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