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Renovations at Chinese Cultural Center move forward

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Chain link fences went up around the Chinese Cultural Center on Wednesday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Chain link fences went up around the Chinese Cultural Center on Wednesday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Before crews could finish the fencing, the City of Phoenix shut down the crews because they didn't have permits. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Before crews could finish the fencing, the City of Phoenix shut down the crews because they didn't have permits. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The new owners say they're making improvements inside the 20-year-old center, and the fencing is just for safety. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The new owners say they're making improvements inside the 20-year-old center, and the fencing is just for safety. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Dozens of people showed up to Tuesday's City Council meeting in an effort to save the property's Chinese architecture and artifacts. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Dozens of people showed up to Tuesday's City Council meeting in an effort to save the property's Chinese architecture and artifacts. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
During the past few weeks, protesters have braved the heat in order to help save the Cultural Center near 44th Street and Van Buren Street. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) During the past few weeks, protesters have braved the heat in order to help save the Cultural Center near 44th Street and Van Buren Street. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Phoenix City Council voted Tuesday night to move forward with a historic preservation study of the Chinese Cultural Center.

It was a big victory for those fighting to keep the center from being turned into office space.

[READ MORE: Phoenix City Council approves historical survey on Chinese Cultural Center]

But the celebration was short-lived. 

Early Wednesday morning, crews started putting up this construction fence as the new owners make renovations near 44th and Van Buren streets.

However, before they could finish the fencing, the City of Phoenix shut down the crews because they didn't have permits.

[RELATED: Fight over Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix far from over]

Those new owners say they're making improvements inside the 20-year-old center, and the fencing is just for safety, said a spokesman for the new owners, 69 North, LLC. 

[RELATED: New owners make statement amid concerns about future of Chinese Cultural Center]

"I think this is a first step... they want to demolish or start to demolish this architecture and its beauty," said Frank Zhang, president of the Arizona Asian Alliance.

[RELATED: 100+ protesters fight to preserve Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix]

There is nothing in the agreement voted on by the City Council that stops the new owners from moving ahead on construction plans while the preservation study is conducted. 

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