Mural to feature former businesses

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Remember former Keizer businesses like McNary Real Estate, Vel’s Meats, Kowalski’s Café, Gill Ward Marine and Keizer Cinemas? If so, you might just like Keizer’s next public mural. Plans continue to evolve for the city’s second public mural, scheduled to be done next spring and summer on the long north wall of Town & Country Lanes at 3500 River Road North. Members of the Keizer Public Arts Commission have been discussing the mural project for months and have talked about several designs during that time. The current plan, discussed at the Sept. 22 KPAC meeting, would honor former Keizer businesses, particularly ones that were located on River Road. KPAC members looked at a list of businesses, which caused some confusion initially. Rick Day noted a vast majority of the businesses no longer existed, while Kim Steen wondered where the rest of the businesses were. Lore Christopher, KPAC chair, noted the list came as a result of discussions with city attorney Shannon Johnson as well as Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer. “The deal I made with Nate and Shannon was we want to be conscious of existing businesses and about advertising for that business,” Christopher said, referencing the recent controversy about public art potentially being seen as advertising for a business. “Orcutt’s IGA (Roth’s) was here forever, but is no longer...

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