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Saturday, July 18th, 2009
Orange officials have allowed the owner of an LA Boxing Gym to display a statue of the Incredible Hulk that was originally deemed to have violated multiple zoning codes.
In June, gym owner Bryson Miller bought the 9-foot-tall, 80-pound statue made out of polyurethane foam from a company that made 240 â€œThe Incredible Hulkâ€ statues as decorations for theaters showing the 2008 movie, starring Edward Norton. Miller paid $7,000 for the statue, featuring the Hulk in boxing shorts and gloves and now with the LA Boxing logo, and put it on a trailer in the gym parking lot. Less than two days later, Miller said a code-enforcement officer made him remove the statue.
â€œThey said he didnâ€™t conform with any of the codes,â€ Miller said. â€œHe was too big, he was too wide and he was too green.â€
Miller said his father suggested taking his story to the press.
Less than a week after a story ran in The Orange County Register and on television, Miller said Mayor Carolyn Cavecche stopped by the gym to arrange a meeting between him and city officials.
â€œShe was making every point to get me in there,â€ Miller said. â€œShe was really cool.â€
City spokesman Paul Sitkoff said Miller fulfilled certain conditions to allow the statue to be displayed.
â€œThe Hulk has been placed on a trailer, moves around and is no longer permanently affixed outside the storefront,â€ Sitkoff said. â€œIt is supposed to be stored in back at night. As long as this is the case, it is no longer in violation.â€
Miller said his business has tripled in the three weeks the Hulk has stood outside his business.
â€œBefore I got him, I averaged 30 memberships a month,â€ Miller said. â€œLast month, I got 87.â€
Cavecche said she was trying to promote business in the city.
â€œI felt it was an issue for a local businessman who was trying to do well for the city of Orange,â€ Cavecche said. â€œIâ€™m thrilled that itâ€™s working out for him.â€