March this Morning to City Hall Chambers as Preservationists Call for City Council to Cancel Permit to Destroy Iconic Chinese Roof

Press Release

Szechwan Palace Restaurant
Chinese Cultural Center and Garden
March this Morning to City Hall Chambers as Preservationists Call for City Council to Cancel Permit to Destroy Iconic Chinese Roof 

For Immediate Release
Contact:  480-758-2863

November 15, 2017–Preservationists working to preserve the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center will march from the Center to City Hall Chambers today at 11AM as they call for City Council to cancel their issuance of a permit they recently issued to True North Company.  

The marchers will leave from the Szechwan Palace Restaurant at the Center at 11AM on Wednesday, November 15.  They will walk down 44th Street to Washington where they will board the light rail towards downtown Phoenix. Taking the train is significant because during the late 1870s and 1880s, the first Chinese immigrants to Phoenix, mostly laborers who were brought to the state, came for the back-breaking job of laying down railroad tracks in the desert, and they settled around First and Adams streets. 

The Chinese Americans who march plan to head to City Council Chambers this afternoon to call for the city to recall the permit.  The preservationists believe the city attorney mistakenly issued the permit to True North Company who owns some of the condo units at the property but not all.  Szechwan Palace Restaurant also owns the property and objects to the proposed demolition of the Chinese elements at the Center.  It is the restaurant’s position that issuing a permit to an owner of some condo units is improper as it favors one owner over the other.  The only entity which can legally request a permit, the restaurant believes, is the condominium association.  

So far, a judge in State Court has sided with the restaurant, issuing a Temporary Restraining Order barring True North from taking down the roof, destroying any of the exterior Chinese elements or making any changes to the religious Chinese garden at the property.  A hearing in that case is set for this Friday to determine the status of that Temporary Restraining Order.

What:  March from Chinese Cultural Center

Who:  Preservationists who want the city council to recall issued permit which would allow destruction of iconic Chinese roof

When:  11AM Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Where:  Chinese Cultural Center - Szechwan Palace Restaurant 

Further information:  480-758-2863