Earlier this week, the popular but temporary Coronado mural on the former Coramart building was removed. Vons, which is expanding into the space, requested its removal as work on the project progresses. The public art was installed to upgrade the deteriorating façade of the closed Coramart. The Cultural Arts Commission presented a large “Coronado” graphic banner created by local artists Jody Esquer and Dan McGeorge for Council approval and funding. The City worked with the Coramart owners for permission to display public art and the mural was installed in December 2018 just prior to the annual Holiday Parade. The display was to be up no more than 18 months. However, due to delays on the project and the pandemic, the time was extended. The mural was temporary in nature but became a favorite spot for photos. Meanwhile, work has begun on the Vons expansion into Coramart, which will increase the store size by 5,500 square feet. The building also will be enhanced with three murals along Orange Avenue depicting iconic scenes of the Coronado lifestyle.

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