Mayor Stanton: 'Historic preservation part of future economic success'

Oct. 17, 2012

Greg Stanton for News Releases

Mayor Greg Stanton issued the following statement today regarding the agreement reached between the City of Phoenix and the Suns to preserve the front and lobby of the St. James Hotel:

“I support historic preservation because how we treat our past says a lot about our future, and part of our city’s rich history includes the Madison and St. James hotels. When I learned of the Suns’ intention to demolish both buildings, I personally asked them to meet with me and discuss preserving all or at least some portion of the site. The Suns agreed to save a portion of the St. James, a hotel that is on the National Register of Historic Places, and I appreciate that the Suns changed their plan and accommodated my request. This instance highlights a larger policy issue our city faces. The city’s current investment in historic structures is inadequate, and if we really want to be serious about preserving historic buildings in the future, we need to find better financial solutions. As Mayor, I will make it a priority to build a bridge from our rich history to our new development.”

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