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Giant Rooftop Statue Causes Some Grief In Lake Elsinore

There is no word yet on when work on the statue will resume.

A giant rooftop statue that was approved by the City of Lake Elsinore last year has caused some heartburn more than 12 months later.

The owners of a 6,000-square-foot medical office on Lakeshore Drive near Four Corners received approval by the city in summer 2011 to move forward on constructing a large-scale mortar and pestle statue for their new building’s rooftop.

Despite the green light, Richard MacHott, environmental planning consultant for the city, informed the Lake Elsinore Planning Commission Tuesday night that the mega adornment’s construction has been halted because the statue is more “onerous” than planned.

“We are negotiating with them,” MacHott said of the city’s most recent conversations with the owners over the ongoing construction of the highly visible embellishment.

Commissioner Michael O’Neal called the statue a giant “bird bath” Tuesday night and was critical of the design from the start.

There is no word yet on when work on the statue will resume.

Mozzie October 20, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Got a picture of it today. Take a look, I don't think it's bad.
Balance October 21, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I don't think it looks like a penis. It looks like a bottle of champagne to me.
Mozzie October 21, 2012 at 02:50 PM
You're right, maybe it's going to be a liquor store too.
Alicia the Color Guard Advisor October 24, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I love it!!!!!! I hope they do not take it away!!! This would be a good landmark and unique having a large mortar & pestle! :)
Reverend Smith December 22, 2012 at 03:10 AM
It looks like it's flipping the bird to all that pass.

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