I have been reluctant to say anything about the cause of the closure since nothing was forthcoming from the source, but what I heard yesterday seems reliable. The speaker said that the refurbishment revealed previously unknown roof leaks that had caused mold to grow inside the walls (it sounded like all 4 walls), then rusted leaking plumbing was detected I forget where, but I think in the foundation. On top of that, they had termites. Thus the building, which is not that old, is essentially rotten from top to bottom. She said the church committee that funds capital projects (my paraphrasing) meets just once a year, in January, so no decision would be made until then. No one knows whether a new facility will be built, whether the books and microfilms will remain here in the area, or if there will be no facility to replace it. That would be a shame since only a fraction of vital records and genealogical materials are online, in spite of what people think. For now, the computers in the training room are open M-F 9-5, only, and I do not know what they offer that your local library does not. Microfilms from Salt Lake City still cannot be delivered there. The main FHC Library in SLC will only deliver films to designated libraries and those are few. In the Phoenix metro area there is the McLellan Irish Library, part of the Irish Cultural Center, that is affiliated with the Phoenix Public Library. The speaker said that the SLC library will deliver to select local LDS churches and those can be found on familysearch.org. The map of the SE Valley she showed displayed only a couple of sites, and being a church, they are only open one or two days a week for a few hours at at time. If the committee decides not to reopen the FHC, I would hope that a local public library would take it upon itself to obtain some or all of the collection.
This is why I tell people who ask me about leaving their books and papers to an LDS-affiliated library not to do so. As a private entity, especially one run by a religious denomination, they can do whatever they want, when they want, including cutting off your access to the items you donated. Recently the Phoenix area also suffered a loss when the Secretary of State (Lt. Gov.) decided more office space in the capitol building was needed so the state genealogy library and its holdings were summarily kicked out. This was done surreptitiously but someone who heard about it squealed to the press and it was suddenly in the news. That is the benefit of a government-funded library: sunshine laws. A city, county, or state cannot just quietly close and keep all your stuff without the press and the public finding out and dragging the matter into the open to demand an explanation and/or redress. Sunshine laws couldn't change the AZ decision but by hollering real loud, the local genealogy community was able to play some role in the disposition and destination of the state genealogy library's holdings.