General Mills building could face demolition

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Assistant City Manager Paul Menzies said inspection results show that the property owner Robert Morgan is keeping the General Mills building secured and the structure does not need to be torn down.

Menzies sent Morgan a letter recommending major repairs preventing further deterioration of the structure.

Original story: This 110-year-old building may look run down, but on the inside, there’s beauty around just about every corner.

“Really it’s just taking a vision you would have on a piece of paper and just throwing it on a wall,” Liriano said.

Kai Liriano is a muralist who’s been expressing himself through his art inside the old General Mills building for about a year now and said he wants to shed some light on the beauty behind graffiti art.

“You know, the word graffiti gets such a negative connotation attached to it, a stigma and I would love for people to understand there is a community out here of people that really wanna just put their art out there and not be as deviant people just attached to that name,” Liriano said.

Robert Morgan purchased the building about 10 years ago and said once he kept finding out that people were breaking in at night to tag the walls, he came up with an idea.

“After thinking some, I thought what if I opened the building at noon on Sunday and provide them with water and paint cans and be there with them while they’re doing it and then I won’t be out here at night answering alarms,” Morgan said.

That could come to an end soon because the City of Wichita Falls’ Code Enforcement Division came out to the building last week to do an inspection to see if the building should stand, or if it’s hazardous and should be torn down. The results haven’t been received by the city yet but if they do condemn it?

“That would take a home away from us, I refer to this place as home a lot because it’s a place that I’m able to expand my craft for putting murals up on walls. I want people to be inspired by what they see and if this place is gone I honestly don’t know of any place that I could do that but the contemporary place that I do it on paper,” Liriano said.

Liriano said being able to use these walls allows him to connect with other artists, something he hopes he can do in the future, which now lies in the hands of the city.

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