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.

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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.