PHOENIX — The Phoenix City Council unanimously voted in favor of changes that will make way for a high-rise, mixed-use development called The Blue—but the project will not move forward for at least a year.
The project generated controversy between those who wanted to keep the historic preservation of the building intact and those who see the new development as a way to further the mission of one of the stakeholders in the project — the Arizona OIC, which stands for Opportunities Industrialization Center. The council voted to remove the historic preservation overlay on the existing building with an effective date of February 4, 2022, which would prevent the project from circumventing the one-year demolition stay that is usually in effect for buildings with historic designation.
The project is planned to be built inside the existing building, and will remove one wall and the roof.
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