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Scottsdale’s Kerr Center gains historic status

[Source: Julie Janovsky, Tribune] — The Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale will finally take its place on Scottsdaleā€™s historic register. After months of negotiations between Arizona State University and the city, the Scottsdale City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved to accept a historic conservation easement that will protect the exterior of the center’s two adobe buildings and less than one-third of the property’s 1.65 acres, for the next 50 years.

Advocates for the nearly 50-year-old cultural center at 6110 N. Scottsdale Road – which philanthropist Louise Lincoln Kerr willed to ASU upon her death in 1977 – said the easement was a step in the right direction, but could be stronger. Submitting a petition bearing nearly 1,000 signatures supporting the conservation easement to the council, Patricia Myers, co-chairwoman of the Concerned Citizens for the Kerr Cultural Center group, told council members she feels ASU could do more. “We support the City Council’s vote in favor of the conservation easement. But we would like to see future discussions that would add the entire acreage willed to ASU and its specific usage as a cultural center,” said Myers.

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