A rich, powerful businessman attempts to run over and bully a small businessman who merely wants to continue running his enterprise — as a Chinese restaurant in a Chinese-themed 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.
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.
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.
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.
After a Scottsdale-based company bought the Chinese Cultural Center site in Phoenix, preservationists have pursued several actions designed to stop its redevelopment — including protests, an online petition, pleas to the Phoenix City Council, and legal action.
PHOENIX - Members of the Chinese community gathered outside the Phoenix City Council meeting Wednesday. It’s part of the ongoing controversy over the future of the city’s Chinese Cultural Center.
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.
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 - Hundreds of people from the Valley's Asian-American community gathered outside Phoenix City Council Chambers Wednesday to protest potential renovations that could change the character of the Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix.
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."
PHOENIX - A judge has ruled that a temporary restraining order will remain in place prohibiting a construction company from making any changes to the exterior of the Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix.
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Supporters of the Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix said they scored a big win on Wednesday to help save the center from being demolished. But the property owners said they won in court as well.
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has ruled that a temporary restraining order will remain in place prohibiting a construction company from making any changes to the exterior of the Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix.
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.
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The fight over the Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix took another twist on Thursday. A group of Buddhists claim they were stopped from performing a religious ceremony on the site of the 20-year-old building.
PHOENIX – Dozens of voices were heard during Tuesday’s Phoenix City Council meeting, where a large number of members from the Valley’s Chinese community came out in defense of the cultural center they say is ground zero for their community in the Valley.
The fight continues as supporters of the historical Chinese Cultural Center push to keep the new property owners from reconstructing the building. FOX 10's Stefania Okolie reports.
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."
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The Phoenix City Council voted Tuesday night to move forward with a historic preservation study of the Chinese Cultural Center.