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Residents upset after Mason mural painted over

Posted at 4:03 PM, Nov 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 17:48:51-05

MASON, Ohio -- It looks like a simple white wall. But until Tuesday, when it was painted over, it was a mural full of Mason history. 

Now some members of the community are outraged.

"All my friends had senior pictures done in front of it," Mason resident Zoe Grigsby said. "I had senior pictures done in front of it."

The colorful mural had showed the modernization and buildup of Mason. It was painted in 2015 for the city's bicentennial.

"It just really makes me sad," Grigsby said.

Earlier this year, the property off Reading Road was sold. With ownership changing, so did the mural.

Mason Vice Mayor Barbara Berry Spaeth said she felt angry, hurt and sad about the loss of the mural.

"It's been something that's been heartbreaking for people," she said. "I'm going to get a little emotional talking about it."

A meeting had been scheduled for Wednesday night for the new business owner and the community to discuss the future of the area, according to Berry Spaeth. 

"Yesterday, for it to be just completely painted over so quickly, so abruptly, and no one knew it was going to happen that fast — it was shocking and it was heartbreaking," Berry Spaeth said.

A reporter was unable to get a response from the business owner. 

The meeting is still scheduled for Wednesday night, but Berry Spaeth said the business owner told her that he will not be discussing the issue.