AZCentral: Arizona Court of Appeals halts remodel of Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix


The iconic roof and other Chinese elements of the Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

A three-member panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals on Thursday reversed an order from a lower court that would have allowed construction on the center.

The halt to construction is a victory for Chinese Americans fighting to maintain the center's design. 

Late last year, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge lifted a temporary construction ban on the Chinese Cultural Center, which would have allowed the center's new owners to move forward with removal of its roof and Chinese elements.

USNEWS: Court Blocks Demolition of Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center

The Arizona Court of Appeals is prolonging an injunction preventing a construction company from altering the exterior of Phoenix's Chinese Cultural Center.

Feb. 1, 2018, at 6:33 p.m.

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Court of Appeals is prolonging an injunction preventing a construction company from demolishing the exterior of Phoenix's Chinese Cultural Center.

The three-judge panel granted a stay Thursday, reversing a lower court's order lifting restrictions on altering the plaza's iconic tile roof and prayer garden.

Attorneys for the owners of a restaurant in the commercial complex say the injunction will stay in place while their appeal continues, which could take as long as a year.

Preservationists and members of the Chinese community say the exterior should be preserved.


Changes to Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center Blocked for Now

A three-judge panel of the Arizona Appeals Court has blocked lower court rulings that would have allowed a construction company to make changes to the distinct exterior of Phoenix's Chinese Cultural Center.


PHOENIX (AP) — A three-judge panel of the Arizona Appeals Court has blocked — at least for now — lower court rulings that would let a construction company make changes to the distinct exterior of Phoenix's Chinese Cultural Center.

The judges on Wednesday stayed enforcement of a Dec. 1 Maricopa Superior Court decision lifting restrictions on the commercial complex, a move that could have allowed alterations to begin.

Members of the Asian community say the center's Chinese-style exterior design should be preserved. 

Chinese Cultural Center is worth protecting

by Annie Morgan @Arizona Republic

The new owners of the Chinese Cultural Center are planning on converting the center into an office building, and all the Chinese elements are to be stripped. I’m very sad, and innumerable Arizona residents are equally sad. We’d like to voice our strongest opposition.

We need to keep the Chinese center as it is. I would like to point out three main reasons.

History/Culture: Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center was built 20 years ago with a goal to elevate Phoenix to becoming an international city. It is one of the best Chinese cultural centers in North America.

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Why Chinese Cultural Center supporters are alleging religious discrimination


PHOENIX - Converting Phoenix’s Chinese Cultural Center into a corporate complex would amount to desecrating a house of worship, according to Chinese-Americans who are alleging religious discrimination by the center's new owners.

Chinese community carries on concurrent suits in further attempts to save cultural center


PHOENIX - Members of Arizona’s Chinese community are facing an uncertain resolution when it comes to the future of their beloved cultural center. On Tuesday, a federal judge decided not to grant the Arizona Foundation for Chinese Religious Rights, or AFCRR, an injunction it sought halting any new construction on the site.

Phoenix Chinese center backers prepared to fight for history

To a Chinese-American group fighting to preserve a cultural center in Phoenix, it's the history that matters most.

"The Chinese people appreciate and understand history like no other civilization on earth," Thomas Simon, spokesman for the Chinese United Association of Phoenix, told China Daily. "History is extremely important to the Chinese community. To us here in America, we have 250 years of history. The Chinese talk about 4,000 to 5,000 years of history."

Lawsuit filed to stop demolition of Chinese Cultural Center

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A lawsuit was filed on Monday in hopes of saving the Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix.The lawsuit claims religious rights were violated, along with the 14th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, among other laws. It asks a federal judge to stop the demolition of the center.

Chinese Cultural Center construction to continue

PHOENIX - UPDATE: The stop work order has been pulled, and True North Companies can now continue as planned. 

Rose + Moser + Allyn Public & Online Relations says True North intends to effort on-site and off-site preservation elements.

It also says the fence was installed around portions of the Chinese Cultural Center for "safety reasons while tenant improvements and the other work is undertaken." The company says this is not an indication of "pending or future demolition of buildings."