Fence with July 7 Mural Violates City Code, Dallas Officials Say

The city of Dallas has issued a citation to a business that has a mural honoring the five officers who died in the police ambush of July 7, 2016. The city says the problem is not the mural, but the fence blocking visibility at a four-way-stop intersection.

Diana Paz, the owner of Last Call Lounge, in North Oak Cliff didn’t have a permit to use the metal siding the construct the 8-foot fence the mural was painted on, according to a violation notice issued May 25. The notice also included visibility issues.

“The building inspector went out and looked at it, and gave them a notice,” said city spokesman Richard Hill to Fox News. “They went back and the owners still didn’t have a permit, so they gave them a warning. The city did its job.”

Her cousin Cesar Rodriguez installed the siding on a rod iron fence that existed on the property at 305 Centre St. when the artwork began a month ago.

“I’m frustrated because we tried to do something for the police department. We tried to make the neighborhood look a little bit better,” Rodriguez said. “We feel a little bit sad that we’re doing all this for our city, and they don’t see or appreciate that.”

After receiving the violation notice, Rodriguez applied for a permit to build the fence and use metal siding. He moved the fence back three feet to address the visibility complaint. The additional alterations cost about $2,100, bringing the total cost of the project to about $15,000, he said.

“They still said it wasn’t right,” Paz told Fox News. “The previous posts are still there, they can see we moved the posts. They say they’ll keep giving us citations.”

Inspectors have yet to assess whether the alterations meet compliance standards.

“We did not ask that any mural be taken down, this has nothing to do with any mural,” Hill said to the network. “It has to do with the fact that a fence was built without a permit.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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