QUINCY -- Two new murals in downtown Quincy could be on the way after they were recommended for approval Monday by the Quincy Public Arts Commission.
Commission Vice Chair Kelsey Deters said both projects are being privately funded by the parties that presented them. The first, at 700 Maine St., is seeking to revitalize a decades-old mural for Bob's Be-bop Records, according to building owner Jack Freiburg.
"Everybody in Quincy bought their records there," Freiburg said, referring to Bob's Be-bop Records. "It was a very popular hangout and a very 1970s kind of place."
By working with Ray Harvey Art, Freiburg said he hopes to create a contemporary tribute to the record store using original design elements.
The second mural, in an alley at Hampshire and Main streets, would be a block tile design, Deters added.
Because there aren't specific zoning requirements for murals in Quincy, projects are treated under the same zoning requirements as signs. Therefore, the two recommended murals will go before the Zoning Board of Appeals during its Oct. 20 meeting.
Once the zoning board takes action on each project, the murals would go before the Quincy City Council on Oct. 26.
The commission also discussed a damaged mural on Fourth Street during Monday's meeting. The 5,000-square-foot mural called "Focus" was painted by Quincy artist Jennifer Bock-Nelson in 2013 on the south side of 115 N. Fourth.
"One of the goals of the commission is to make sure murals are maintained," Deters said. "From the conversation (Monday), what we're thinking about doing is getting a quote to fix the artwork itself but the building is still the responsibility of the owner."
Public arts commissioner Maggie Strong said some bricks have been falling off the wall displaying the mural and the wall itself has been "pretty problematic" since the mural was painted. However, the mural is the biggest one in town and something the commission wants to be proud of, she added.