To remedy the deteriorating look of old brick and cracking, Ladd Commercial Properties began painting the exterior of one of its buildings on East Chatham Street in historic downtown Cary. (Dave Bertram, WNCN)
CARY, N.C. -
It's no secret that the Town
of Cary is notorious for its muted color scheme. In fact, some may even say the
town's standards are rigid.
One Cary landlord is learning
the hard way that it is better to ask permission than forgiveness.
To remedy the deteriorating
look of old brick and cracking, Ladd Commercial Properties began painting the
exterior of one of its buildings on East Chatham Street in historic downtown
Cary a neutral color.
But after the work started,
Kitchen and Bath Galleries employee Lee Rothstein said the business was
informed of the town ordinance requiring that brick, stone and concrete on
commercial buildings be kept in their natural state.
The building in question currently
houses Kitchen and Bath Galleries.
"The town noticed it and
came to the painters and said, ‘You have two options: quit or be fined,'"
Landlord Dick Ladd admits
that he never thought to seek approval from the town before painting. The town
is now considering an appeal on the ordinance.
In the meantime, the
building sits half painted, and locals are question the paint debate and overall
"I think they are extremely
picky," resident Karen Parsons said.
Phil Epley pointed out, "Some
of the things that are called art -- that's allowed in this town. But then they
won't allow somebody to try to improve their property."
Parsons used to own a
business and downtown Cary and had a similar experience.
"I definitely think they
should have finished the paint job," Parsons said. "Looking at it, it looks
The town planning director said
the council might re-visit the ordinance. But if the ordinance stands, Ladd
will have to remove the paint from the building's walls.
Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:43:09 GMT
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