Demolition of Phoenix's Chinese Cultural Center put on hold

Posted at 5:12 PM, Sep 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-27 20:12:01-04

A judge has ruled that a temporary restraining order will remain in place prohibiting a construction company from making any changes to the exterior of the Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix.

That includes any renovations to the center's Garden of Harmony and the iconic tile roof.

True North Companies has been seeking to renovate 98 of the 103 condominium units it owns on the site of the cultural center.

Community members and Arizona Foundation for Chinese Religious Rights filed a lawsuit against True North and the city of Phoenix.

They claim religious rights and other laws were violated due to the planned changes at the cultural center.

On Wednesday, a judge extended the temporary restraining order through Nov. 3, which is the next court date.