A proposed mural that sparked controversy in Long Beach’s Bluff Heights neighborhood will not move forward as originally planned — but an updated version has been approved by city officials.
The Long Beach Planning Commission, at its Thursday, May 6, meeting, gave the OK for new murals at The Lift, a cannabis dispensary at 2800 E. Fourth Street, along the city’s Retro Row corridor.
The work will include painting the facade on Temple Avenue a shade of lavender, while the portion of the building facing the intersection of Temple Avenue and Fourth Street will include two abstract paintings, one with a pink and purple floral pattern and the other with a vibrant mix of colors and designs.
It’s a marked change from the original proposal, which Long Beach’s Cultural Heritage Commission approved earlier this year. That version included more widespread use of the pink and purple floral patterns — and a painting of a woman that some neighbors saw as inappropriate.
The original proposal for the murals at 2800 E. Fourth St., which generated controversy among neighbors in Long Beach’s Bluff Heights neighborhood. This proposal will not move forward. (Courtesy City of Long Beach)
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