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Arizona State Fair board temporarily calls off building’s demolition

PHOENIX — The board that oversees the Arizona State Fair is at least
temporarily setting aside its plans to raze an historic Depression-era building
in the face of opposition from preservationists.

The Arizona Exposition and State Fair Board voted Tuesday to shelve plans
demolish the Civic Building on the state fairgrounds in Phoenix until further
notice.

Executive Director Don West says the board looks forward to hearing from
community members concerning what he called “creative publish-private
partnerships” to pay for preserving the building.

Fair officials have said repairs to preserve and put the building back into use
could cost up to $1 million.

Meanwhile, a Maricopa County Superior Court hearing that was scheduled
Wednesday on a proposed temporary restraining order to block the demolition has
been postponed until Aug. 1.

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