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Art mural becomes safety concern

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A local piece of history may be a safety concern.

Terry Spencer owns Dunlop’s Downtown in Bay City with his brother. They are working to be part of the revitalization of the downtown area, by offering a space for new businesses.

At the same time they hope to preserve pieces of history, like this mural on their building that was painted here back in the ’70s.

“Bay City had the name Mural City. And is one of the first and the biggest mural that's in Bay City,” Spencer said.

But during a recent inspection of the building, a city worker found the wall in need of an upgrade.

Sue Coggin is city's the building code enforcement coordinator.

"When our inspector went out he noticed the north wall with the mural, the mortar in between the bricks a lot of the mortar is missing which is a huge safety hazard," Coggin said.

To repair it, the mural could be completely ruined.

Spencer said it's also an issue of time and money needed to fix the wall.

For now, that may mean covering the mural up, until he can meet with city leaders to work out something out.

“We don’t want anyone to get hurt, we understand we have to repair the wall,” Spencer said. “However we're asking for some consideration and negotiation on the time we need to look at this problem and what we can do to come together to find a solution.”

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