Last week DPJ provided a step-by-step overview of the process behind the choice of Roosevelt Housing Associates (RHA) “The Row” proposal for developing the property along 2nd Street north of Roosevelt that also includes the historic Leighton G. Knipe House. City staff has requested that the Downtown, Aviation and Redevelopment Subcommittee recommend City Council authorization to enter into a development agreement with RHA.
There was some initial community concern raised regarding aspects of “The Row” proposal, so staff’s initial recommendation to approve was withdrawn from the Subcommittee’s November 6 meeting agenda.
As stated in an updated report submitted to the Subcommittee, this gave both city staff and RHA time to meet with representatives from the community to gain input and answer questions about the project. In the past month, they met with community groups, including the Downtown Voices Coalition, Evans Churchill Community Association, and Garfield Organization. Additional meetings were held with the leadership from Roosevelt Action Association, Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation, and the Roosevelt Row Merchants Association. The City also responded to and offered to meet with individuals who contacted the City directly regarding the proposed development.
Following a dialogue with City staff and RHA at their neighborhood meeting, the Evans Churchill Community Association drafted a letter of support for the project, stating, “In a neighborhood that is both vibrant and in transition, such as Evans Churchill, careful consideration is needed to prepare a development that contributes to the community in a meaningful way, is financially sound, and can be successfully accomplished. The Roosevelt Housing Associates proposal meets those objectives. We look forward to engaging with the developer to ensure their project brings maximum benefits to our neighborhood and the surrounding downtown community.”
Based on the feedback, RHA agreed to make several changes to their proposal to enhance its appeal to the community and help integrate the project successfully into the existing neighborhood. The changes include:
1) develop approximately 15-20 percent of the units as market rate, with no age or income restrictions, creating a diverse, mixed income project;
2) require all tenants to sign an affidavit acknowledging they are moving into a vibrant arts district;
3) develop the street-level units as live-work artist studios;
4) actively market the project to artists; and
5) dedicate a portion of the common area space for local artists to prominently display their works.
Pending City Council authorization, City staff and Roosevelt Housing Associates will continue to work with neighborhood groups throughout the design process.
Event Parking Concerns
Another pressing concern for the community surrounding the proposed development was the need to develop additional public parking solutions to support the increasing number of events and other activities in the area. To ameliorate this concern, City staff have made a recommendation that the net proceeds from the sale of the property be applied to the planning and development of a district parking solution for the Evans Churchill/Roosevelt Row area, east of Central Avenue and north of Roosevelt Street. City staff will work with the community, property owners, business owners and stakeholders in the coming months to evaluate and develop options, and will return to the Subcommittee early next year with specific recommendations to address the parking issue.
The Downtown, Aviation and Redevelopment Subcommittee will meet again on Wednesday, December 4, to review the changes to the proposal and make a recommendation to the whole council to proceed with negotiations with RHA on the development of the proposal. The meeting is open to the public.
If You Go
What: Phoenix City Council Meeting of Downtown, Aviation and Development Subcommittee
Where: Phoenix City Hall, 1st Floor Atrium, Assembly Rooms A, B, & C, 200 West Washington Street
When: Wednesday, December 4, 9:30 a.m.
A professional design team working on an updated vision for downtown Phoenix’s Hance Park will present their first concept design to the public this week.
After a lengthy RFQ process, the city of Phoenix contracted with a multi-disciplinary design team to conduct an exhaustive public process to gather input on what residents, neighbors and other stakeholders envision for a renovated Hance Park and then develop a conceptual Master Plan design.
The team, led by primary consultants Weddle Gilmore and !Melk, has incorporated the extensive public input into a design concept that it will unveil at public meetings on Nov. 20 and 21, 2013.
The first meeting is 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St. in downtown Phoenix. The public also can view the designs at the regularly scheduled Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board monthly meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Phoenix City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St.
Our last When Brains Collide meeting subject “In a Rut” brought together several artists and non-artists to discuss the frustration of not knowing what to do next. We huddled in the cool and dark Cartel Coffee on the hottest day in years (119º, to be exact) and managed to come out of the meeting with some new ideas to move forward.
One of the biggest suggestions? Do anything. Just start something, even if it doesn’t seem like a thing you can see through to the end. Do something completely different, start some drawings, try a performance, doodle—just be in a space where you can devote time and energy to creating something, even if it ends up not being that productive. Something eventually will happen, right?
The next biggest suggestion was to get out and see what others are doing. Travel. Inspire yourself, or, if you don’t see anything you like, push yourself to do a better job than what you see. Several of us have checked in after the meeting to see where we’re at with our work and we’ve all managed to begin to crawl out of that rut.
Next When Brains Collide: “Things Don’t Work”
Working with technology in your latest project and running into problems? Trying a new computer program and not yet getting the hang of it? Making a foray into video and not sure where to start or what to start with? Worked with multi-media for years and would love to lend a helping hand? Maybe we can help each other.
This next meeting welcomes anyone who has extensive knowledge of using technology in their work or those newbies who have started tinkering but have run into a wall. There’s only so much you can find through searches on the internet and discussion forums often end up being nerds slinging insults and impatient questions at each other. If you’d rather discuss your issues in an environment where it’s ok to not know, please come to the next When Brains Collide on Saturday, July 27, at 12 p.m. at Cartel Coffee on 1st Street and Washington.
All are invited: designers, artists, performers, writers. The more diverse the crowd, the more diverse suggestions we can make.
If you go:
Event: When Brains Collide
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Cartel Coffee, 1 N. 1st St. (corner of Washington and 1st St.)
RadiatePHX is a monthly get-together that celebrates Downtown people and places while conversing about topical issues.
This month there is nothing more topical than the Phoenix mayor runoff election on November 8.
So, why stage a separate event when we have a Mayoral debate right here in our backyard, with a theme that hits close to home?
ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability is sponsoring the debate next Tuesday, October 25, in partnership with the Green Chamber of Greater Phoenix, and is extending a special invitation to RadiatePHX fans and the Downtown community to attend.
Candidates Wes Gullett and Greg Stanton will discuss the gains Phoenix has made in sustainability over the last ten years and lay out their visions for the future. The debate will be moderated by Executive Dean Rob Melnick.
Refreshments from Fair Trade Café will be served.
If You Go
What: Phoenix Mayoral Debate: Advancing Sustainability
Where: A.E. England Building, 424 N. Central Avenue
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Parking/Transportation: Parking is free for those arriving after 4pm at the University Center Garage (on Polk between Central and 1st Street). METRO Light Rail, Van Buren/Central Ave station.
Hance Park, the large green belt developed as a result of the I-10 Freeway construction, is getting the attention it deserves.
Cathleen Russo, with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, is sending out a steady stream of communications to those interested in the evolution of the park, encouraging participation in the Hance Park Master Plan Steering Committee meetings.
The next meeting is this afternoon at Burton Barr Library at 3:00 p.m. There will be an Open House Concept event, in which ASU design students will display some preliminary designs for the park (example right). The design concepts will be on display from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Thirteen 6-year landscape architect students are participating and will be available to answer questions.
The invitation from Russo:
Greetings Committee Members, neighbors and Friends of Hance Park,
This is a special reminder to you all. Prior to our Friday Hance Park Master Plan Steering Committee meeting held at Burton Barr Library, there will be an Open House Concept Event. ASU design students will display some preliminary design ideas for the public to view. This will allow you the opportunity to look at some of the concepts and have a dialog with the students and give feedback on the design ideas. I encourage you to share this invitation with your organizations and friends, as we welcome everyone’s involvement. The Open House Concept begins at 1:30, TODAY, October 7, 2011 at the Burton Barr Library auditorium located at 1221 North Central Ave. The regular meeting will follow at 3:00 p.m. which you are welcome to attend.
If you go
What: Margaret T. Hance Park Master Plan Steering Committee meeting
When: Friday, October 7 at 3:00 p.m., with the Open House Concept Event at 1:30 p.m.
Who: ASU design students, and instructor Gabriel Diaz-Montemayor, an Architect, Landscape Architect, and Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, College of Design, Arizona State University.