Renovations On Hold At Chinese Cultural Center

By Jimmy Jenkins
Published: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 8:44pm
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The new owner, 668 North, LLC, plans to establish a new headquarters and campus at the site of the Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix.

A ruling this week from a county judge leaves a temporary restraining order in place for proposed renovations at the Chinese Cultural Center. The private complex has become the subject of a public dispute.

In a lawsuit, members of the local Chinese-American Community said the changes to the privately owned site would encroach upon a place used for prayer.

The owner of the majority of the complex is proposing changes to common areas on the property. At issue is a change to the roof, which the lawsuit claims has cultural and architectural significance, as well as a garden used for prayer and reflection.

The judge issued a temporary restraining order saying the roof shall remain in place and the garden will stay in its current condition.

The protections for the building extend through the next court date, November 3.