"After extensive due diligence efforts, we were not able to come to terms with the seller of the Santora Arts Building regarding certain issues that we believe should be his responsibility to correct," the church said in a statement
. That seller would be real-estate developer Mike Harrah.
After it was announced that Newsong would be withdrawing from the purchase, UASA made this statement on its Facebook page
While we felt that the sale of the building to a religious group would not be a good fit for the Santora, we respect NewSong's leadership for understanding the validity of our concerns and working with UASA and the City to forge a meaningful agreement that would protect the nature of the Santora and the Artists Village.
UASA will continue to partner with the City and other business and civic leaders to form a Santora Steering Committee that will seek an arts-friendly investor who will secure the historic building's future as an anchor for arts-based revitalization in the heart of Santa Ana.
Newsong said although it is not purchasing the building, it will "continue to love downtown Santa Ana in a myriad of ways and are open to new opportunities there."
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