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UT Reader Asks: Should I Endorse a Mural Being Painted on My Condo Building?

  • Aug 6th 2013

by UrbanTurf Staff

UT Reader Asks: Should I Endorse a Mural Being Painted on My Condo Building?: Figure 1
Mural on LeDroit Park house by Garin Baker.

In this installment of UrbanTurf Reader Asks, a LeDroit Park condo owner raises concerns about a mural being installed on the side of his building.

I own a one-bedroom in LeDroit Park and there is interest among other owners in the condominium to hire an artist to paint a mural on the side of the building.

I have concerns that a painting on the building will lead to increased costs and risk the overall value of the building and its units. It is very unlikely that every owner will agree on a design but even more unlikely that prospective buyers will appreciate and/or like the specific art.

In addition, it is unclear if the painting will require significant upkeep and repair. For example, what if it is damaged in a storm and it is difficult to locate the original artist? Is that a legitimate concern?

All this said, the building and neighborhood attract younger people who may be more open to the concept. And, if the design is well done, it could make the building more aesthetically pleasing and actually increase value.

I am curious to know what other UrbanTurf readers think. Am I being unreasonable or are my concerns justified?

Readers, what do you think? Post your thoughts in the comments section. If you would like to submit a question for UrbanTurf Reader Asks, send an email to editor2013@urbanturf.com.

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