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  • Historic Phoenix house faces demolition after council vote

  • One of the oldest structures in Phoenix faces demolition after the City Council on Monday voted against saving it for a community center.
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  • One of the oldest structures in Phoenix faces demolition after the City Council on Monday voted against saving it for a community center.
    Phoenix Urban Renewal Agency board members had recommended the city take possession of the Steadman house at Pine and Second streets and relocate it next to city offices on a vacant lot facing Main Street.
    Built in the late 1800s, the house at Pine and Second streets has outlived its usefulness to owners Marion Jerry and Alice Jane Moore. The couple want the structure to be demolished or removed from the property.
    Council members Chris Luz, Stan Bartell and Carolyn Bartell voted against relocating the house and purchasing property for its new location. Terry Helfrich, Karen Jones and Bruce Sophie voted in favor of the project, saying it could be developed into a city center with additional meeting space.
    Mayor Jeff Bellah broke the tie. "The way it is now, no," he said, and urged urban renewal to explore other alternatives.
    Both Bartells indicated concern about limitations the Steadman house could place on use of the property for a future City Hall space.
    Helfrich voiced frustration with council members micromanaging urban renewal agency board members.
    "I've been at enough meetings and I've seen a lot of time and effort and a lot of passion about what was just denied," he said.
    — Buffy Pollock
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