$200k to go toward preserving State Fairgrounds

Posted at 8:58 AM, Apr 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-09 11:58:57-04
Advocates for preserving a historic building on the Arizona State Fairgrounds are closer to stopping demolition.
Officials announced Friday that the Phoenix City Council has awarded a historic preservation grant worth $120,000 to help repair the WPA Administration Building.
Another $80,000 was awarded by the Phoenix IDA, a provider of private activity bonds for projects that give a public benefit.
The building was set for demolition in July 2014 but the Maricopa County Superior Court issued a temporary restraining order.
The Arizona Exhibition and State Fair Board had planned to demolish the building unless the preservation community could raise at least $120,000 by April 14.
Considered an iconic landmark at the fairgrounds, the 12,200-square-foot property was built in 1938.