WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The issue of whether or not a giant banana painted on a house in West Lafayette is legal is on hold for the moment.
All summer, News 18 has been reporting about the "banana house" off of south Chauncey Avenue. Some neighbors said it's advertising, but the owners said it's art.
The house is owned by Granite Property Management who's logo is a banana. The painting exceeds the 20 square foot limit on advertising signage in Tippecanoe County, but the city nor the county has deemed the mural an advertisement or said it's in any violation of a zoning ordinance.
West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis said he is working with county government to make the ordinance more clear to property owners.
"I think we made it abundantly clear that houses can be used as canvases, but not as billboards. The only thing that we are concerned about is that houses are not used as a form of advertisement for a specific business."Dennis
Dennis said businesses in West Lafayette's residential neighborhoods are making an effort to comply with the existing sign ordinance.
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