Riverside County Judge Sharon Waters on Monday, August 31, 2009 invalidated of the sale of historic Chinatown land to a developer. This stops at least temporarily the process to develop the site Howerver, the court ruled against the Save Our Chinatown Committee (SOCC) on the remainding issues.
SOCC hopes that the ruling and delay opens the way to a possible settlement that will preserve the site. SOCC spokesperson Margie Akin said,
“The land is now owned by a public entity, which gives us some time to organize and make use of the protections it still has as a result of public ownership. If the property is sold to a private individual our ability to protect the site is severely damaged.
SOCC is encouraging all Riverside residents to continue efforts to preserve this 2.3 acre site, which is now unoccupied but has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.