PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The well-known Duke Photography studio along 7th Avenue and Thomas Road in Phoenix could soon be replaced by a Raising Cane's restaurant.
The owner of Duke Photography, Darrell Duke, says he sold the building and the land to a local developer for $2 million. He says that over the years there’ve been a lot of offers for this property, but that this was simply an offer he couldn’t refuse.
"It just felt like it was finally time," Duke said. Now it appears that a Raising Canes restaurant could be coming to the site after the company filed a zoning adjustment application. A zoning adjustment hearing is scheduled for June 17. "Once you get a new developer and a new business coming in here, they have their own requirements for how the space needs to work," Duke said.
That has some people in the neighborhood worried that the building is going to be torn down. “The building itself, the sign itself, is just so beautiful," said Gabrielle Sikes who is spearheading an effort to save the building. "Could you imagine if this was no longer here and this was just a fast food place? It just seems so silly to me."
Meanwhile the owner of Duke Photography says the building is aging and needs work, though he understands why people are sentimental about the spot. Duke says the iconic sign out front will likely be saved no matter what happens.
And while the fate of the building is uncertain, he also notes that Duke Photography isn’t going out of business. "We've been getting some calls, and said no, we're still in business!" Duke said. The owner says the company will be moving in the next few months, though there isn’t an exact location yet. "You know, have camera will travel," Duke said.