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PHX OKs Grant for Historic WPA Building

Credit: Arizona Preservation Foundation

Source: Downtown Phoenix Journal

Phoenix City Council today voted 7-1 in support of providing grant funding for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Building located at the south end of the Arizona State Fairgrounds, at 1826 W. McDowell Road.

The Council vote approved a Historic Preservation (HP) General Obligation (GO) Bond Funds grant of up to $120,000 to the State of Arizona to assist with rehabilitation of the historic WPA Building. Coupled with $80,000 approved on March 28, 2016 by the Phoenix Industrial Development Authority (IDA ), a total of $200,000 would be contributed for rehabilitation of the WPA Building.

The building was slated for demolition in July 2014, however, at the urging of the City of Phoenix and preservation advocates, Arizona State Fair officials approved a one-year stay of demolition. In January 2016, the Arizona Exposition & State Fair Board approved another 90-day stay of demolition to allow the community additional time to raise funds.

However, the Board attached several conditions to the approval, including a benchmark of $120,000 for fundraising efforts. City staff has agreed to assist the community with fundraising efforts by recommending the use of available HP GO Bond funds in the form of a Warehouse & Threatened Building grant.

The recommended amount of HP GO Bond Funds is currently available in the HP Capital Improvement Program budget. The funds will be used as a potential match for donations raised by the community and the State of Arizona.

Read more at Downtown Phoenix Journal

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