Conceptual Renderings Uncovered For Fig Crossing, Site of Highland Park Mural Central To Controversy

'Tenochtitlan—The Wall That Talks' was rumored to be erased as part of incoming redevelopment leading to an influx of community backlash. Drawings show the mural in place.
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Fig Crossing, LLC this month unveiled renderings and details surrounding its in-progress redevelopment of a block of commercial buildings on the corner of North Avenue 61 and North Figueroa Street, in the Highland Park neighborhood.

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Aptly called Fig Crossing, plans call for two bow-truss buildings, contiguous at 6029 – 6039 N. Figueroa St., with exposed ceilings, an elongated breezeway allowing for open-air common spaces and multiple patios, according to recently-minted marketing materials published earlier this month by Industry Partners, the firm overseeing leasing for the project. The buildings are set to get new facades and storefronts with multiple points of entry and sidewalk dining.

Developers are proposing two floor plan options across the available 13,000 square feet of space. Option one would include four restaurant tenants, two retailers, and two offices. Option two eliminates the offices and instead expands the footprint of the retail spaces. With either option, there would be a shared parking lot with 15 spaces.

On one of the buildings—home to Dollar Deals—is a 75-foot-long mural painted in 1996 by the Quetzalcoatl Mural Project (QMP) called “Tenochtitlan—The Wall That Talks.” It was rumored in January that the mural would be erased as the building it adorns was redeveloped causing protests and community backlash. Fig Crossing, LLC, maintained that the mural would remain.

“Our client, Fig Crossing, LLC, recognizes and understands the importance of the rich culture, history, and heritage of the Highland Park neighborhood,” Warren J. “Skip” Kessler, attorney for Fig Crossing, LLC, told The Occidental at the time. “Unfortunately, there have been several false and inflammatory statements recently surrounding our client’s ownership of this building and our client’s intentions regarding the Tenochtitlan Mural. Our client is very fond of the Tenochtitlan Mural and has no plans to erase, paint over, or alter the Mural or to demolish the wall.”

A rendering of the building shows a glimpse of the mural intact, including a bystander snapping a picture of the indigenous work. Reps for the project on Sunday did not immediately respond to a request for comment by What Now Los Angeles.

Rendering: Official
Rendering: Official
Rendering: Official

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc., the publisher of What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles.
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