FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — The City of Fresno is now set to purchase the Tower Theater after a four to three vote by Fresno City Councilmembers.

Councilmembers Chavez, Karbassi, and Bredefeld voted against purchasing the Tower District landmark while Councilmembers Soria, Esparza, Maxwell, and Arias voted for the city to acquire it.

In September 2020, the owner of the Tower Theatre decided to sell the parcel of land including the theater to Adventure Church, which had been holding weekly services in the theater sparking a year and a half of protests from community members.

“It’s not just about this one facility, this one building. We as a city have made a concerted effort to reinvest in our older neighborhoods that for too long have been left behind,” City Councilmember Miguel Arias said.

However the high pricetag of the purchase provided reasons to be apprehensive and vote no for other council members.

“This is a waste of millions of dollars of taxpayer money… three million dollars gets us 20 to 30 more police officers. Instead, we’re gonna waste it by injecting ourselves into this situation,” City Councilmember Garry Bredefeld said.