Some Phoenix residents believe city officials just won approval to pave paradise and put up a parking lot.
City officials last week at a hearing with a zoning officer won a permit to turn the Second and Taylor streets site of the old Ramada Inn into a parking lot.
Business leaders and residents with the Downtown Voices Coalition want to save the pink-stuccoed property that they believe has historic value. Last week, about a half-dozen coalition members argued unsuccessfully for rejection of the temporary use permit application.
Opponents can appeal the zoning officer’s decision to the seven-member Board of Adjustment.
However, city officials have said the plans for the old inn are a done deal.
That could take a few years; ASU is waiting for the state to recover from its budget crisis – or a very generous donor.
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