Phoenix City Council approves historical survey on Chinese Cultural Center

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The Phoenix City Council members voted unanimously to move forward with a survey of the historical significance of the Chinese Cultural Center.(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Phoenix City Council members voted unanimously to move forward with a survey of the historical significance of the Chinese Cultural Center.(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The new owners gave $100,000 to help move some of the Chinese statues and artifacts to Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix to create a new center. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The new owners gave $100,000 to help move some of the Chinese statues and artifacts to Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix to create a new center. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
During the past few weeks, protesters have braved the heat in order to help save the Cultural Center near 44th Street and Van Buren Street. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) During the past few weeks, protesters have braved the heat in order to help save the Cultural Center near 44th Street and Van Buren Street. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Dozens of people showed up to Tuesday's City Council meeting in an effort to save the property's Chinese architecture and artifacts. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Dozens of people showed up to Tuesday's City Council meeting in an effort to save the property's Chinese architecture and artifacts. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

One of the major Chinese businesses of the center is moving.After hearing hours of pleas from people about saving the Chinese Cultural Center, the Phoenix City Council gave them a victory on Tuesday evening.

The members voted unanimously to move forward with a survey of the historical significance of the Chinese Cultural Center.

"This is a very important step," said Paul Gilbert with the Chinese United Association. "This starts the survey which in turn will open the door for historic preservation."

This came after the Council denied a petition to give the property a historical designation. City ordinance guidelines say historical preservation is for sites 50 years old. The Cultural Center was built 20 years ago.

[RELATED: Fight over Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix far from over]

The fate of the Center has been up in the air after the new owners said they want to convert the area to standard office space.

 Dozens of people showed up to Tuesday's City Council meeting in an effort to save the property's Chinese architecture and artifacts.

"The Chinese Cultural Center provides inspiration to the Chinese community. It is a place of religious observance, it is a reflection of the Chinese community's contribution to Phoenix and displays Chinese architecture and methods of construction not seen in places outside of China itself," said Gilbert.

The new owners gave $100,000 to help move some of the Chinese statues and artifacts to Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix to create a new center. They believe that area is better for a future Chinese Cultural Center because it's closer to historic neighbors and the park is the site of the major Chinese New Year festival, among other reasons.

During the past few weeks, protesters have braved the heat in order to help save the Cultural Center near 44th Street and Van Buren Street.

[RELATED: 100+ protesters fight to preserve Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix]

One of the major Chinese businesses of the center has already moved. The owner of the Super Ranch Market said it closed in late August and is moving to the southwest corner of Thomas and Hayden roads in Scottsdale.

[RELATED: New owners make statement amid concerns about future of Chinese Cultural Center]

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