First Street Store Mural concept drawing: Berliner and Associates.
“Story of our Struggle” is moving forward under the watch of the Chicano/Jewish Coalition. Often known as the First Street Store Mural, it makes a final step toward it's preservation as a Community Revitalization Project, according to Irma Beserra Núñez, coalition chair. The idea behind the rehabbed First Street Store Mural Wall, which will be called the Quetzalcoatl Pyramid Fountain and Educational Plaza, comes from a coalition press release.
Following a stringent Mural Preservation Plan, the entire Mural Wall will be moved back ten feet as the facade of the new charter high school. This will create an approximately 3,200 sq. ft. Educational Plaza in front of the building for students, the community, and tourists to gather, enjoy a more comfortable view of the Mural Panels, and gain an appreciation of community culture and history. Educational plaques will be placed below each Mural Panel describing the meaning in English and Spanish.
A Quetzalcoatl Pyramid Fountain will be constructed with a seating area around the Pond. In addition, there will be benches to sit and relax while viewing the mural, fountain and plaza. Lighting will be provided for each Mural Panel, the plaques, fountain and plaza to make it possible for everyone to enjoy, night and day, this exciting Chicano/Jewish Cultural Heritage Landmark.
The mural was to be taken down by Pacific Charter School Development to make room for a new building. After protests, portions of the mural were to be saved. Then through terse advocacy, the mural and facade is intact and will be part of the Alliance Media Arts & Entertainment Design High School.
The public hearing is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, in Room 150 at the L.A. County Hall of Records (320 West Temple Street).
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