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Owner agrees to remove ArtPrize mural from building
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- To avoid fines threatened by the city, the owner of the Harris Building in the Heartside neighborhood says he will remove a mural painted on an outside wall.

"They have already ruled it needs to come down," confirms building owner Bob Dykstra. "Unless they change their minds I don't have any choice but to remove it."

Dykstra says he personally enjoys the mural, and although it is a much larger painting than he authorized during ArtPrize 2013, he
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d like it to stay.

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I think it is unique,
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he says.
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We are the ArtPrize city, we ought to be promoting things like this.
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But Dykstra says many of his neighbors don
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t like the mural and he didn
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t have permission from the City Planning Commission or Historic Preservation Commission before it was painted.

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It should have been done in the right way,
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he agrees.
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We should have asked for permission and approval to do it.
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Dykstra says he accepts the decision forcing him to remove the mural, but says he would like more time to get it done.

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We are going in front of the Planning Commission to ask them for an extension of time to remove it,
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he says.
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My appeal to the Planning Commission is just for extra time.
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