- Associated Press - Saturday, April 9, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - 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.

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