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Effort To Preserve King Records Buildings Earns First Victory

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  A group that wants to preserve the Cincinnati buildings where James Brown and other musicians recorded snagged a victory Monday. The city's Historic Conservation Board sided with supporters by approving the first step toward giving the King Records buildings in Evanston a historic designation.

Marvin Hawkins is president and co-founder of the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation. He says it's very important to save the buildings because other labels from the same era do not have buildings that were preserved. "They don't have the original landmarks," he says. "They don't have the original buildings... This is a holy site. We consider it sacred and it's worthy of being saved and preserved and to breath some more life into it."

The building's owner has requested to tear down the property for redevelopment. The issue now goes before the city planning commission.