Market Street mural will be farewell gift to city


A vacant building on Market Street, just south of downtown, will get an exterior makeover with a mural that celebrates the city’s downtown nightlife.

The city’s Design Review Committee on Tuesday approved a proposal from Community Corrections Association Inc., a halfway house on Market Street, to commission an artist to paint the mural on the south side of 519 Market St.

The former Gollan’s Honda Motorcycle Sales building is owned by Brian and Brandon Larew, who purchased the vacant structure for $8,000 in December 2011.

Patty Larew plans to open a consignment shop at the location, said Richard Billak, CCA’s chief executive officer, who is retiring in

December from the agency he co-founded in 1974.

For the past 12 years, CCA has spent about $800,000 tearing down blighted structures and doing landscaping work on Market Street.

Billak said the mural, which has a “Bourbon Street” style, is his farewell present to the city. The mural will cost about $15,000, he said.

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