Attend the May 13, 2017 Downtown Voices Coalition meeting

Join us on Saturday, May 13, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Avenue, for the next Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting. As always, there will be lively topics to discuss about our downtown.
 
WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS
 
ISSUES & ADVOCACY
 
DEVELOPMENT ROUNDTABLE
 
UPCOMING COMMUNITY/CIVIC EVENTS
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
ADJOURNMENT

You’re welcome to attend the Downtown Voices Coalition March 11 Meeting

11217543_967925623267356_8205250345803192228_nJoin us on Saturday, March 11, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Avenue, for the next Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting. Here’s our agenda so far…

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS (Tim Eigo)

GUEST SPEAKERS
• Ryan Sadowy and Joe Herzog, Proposed 3rd & Pierce Residential/Mixed Use Project in Evans Churchill

ADMINISTRATION
Subcommittee Updates:
• Best Practices in RFPs (Andie Abkarian)

ISSUES & ADVOCACY
• Downtown Strategic Plan Update

DEVELOPMENT ROUNDTABLE (who has updates about what?)
• Central City South/South Phoenix
• Downtown Core
• Evans Churchill
• Garfield/Eastlake Park
• Grand Avenue/Triangle/Capitol Mall
• Midtown
• Roosevelt/F.Q. Story

UPCOMING COMMUNITY/CIVIC EVENTS (don’t worry, we’re not going into gory detail on each! All are searchable at dtphx.org If you know of other events, please let us know)
• Meet Me Downtown Phoenix, start at CityScape, every Monday
• Viva PHX, Downtown Phoenix, March 11
• Art d’CORE Gala, Warehouse215, March 16
• Art Detour 29, various locales, March 16-19
• Encanto-Palmcroft Historic Home Tour & Street Fair, 2102 N. 12th Ave., March 26
• Phoenix Pride Festival & Parade, Steele Indian School Park, April 1-2
• NCAA Final Four Festivities, various locales, April 1-3
• Modern Phoenix Home Tour, various locales, April 2
• Phoenix Lights, Hance Park, April 8-9

NEW BUSINESS

ADJOURNMENT

Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee Meeting, Feb. 11

11217543_967925623267356_8205250345803192228_nJoin us on Saturday, February 11, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Avenue, for the next Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting. For those who may have forgotten to bring an item for homeless individuals at our January meeting, we’re bringing back the donation box. Feel free to bring a suggested item in new/original packaging:

• Antiperspirant/deodorant
• Diapers
• Gloves
• Hand sanitizer
• Ponchos
• Socks (men’s size 6-12)
• Tampons
• Toilet paper
• Toothbrushes
• Toothpaste
• Underwear (men & women’s)

On behalf of Central Arizona Shelter Services and Downtown Voices Coalition, thank you!

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS

ADMINISTRATION

Subcommittee Updates:
• Best Practices in RFPs (Andie Abkarian)
• Community Benefits & GPLETs (Jeff Sherman)

GUEST SPEAKER

ISSUES & ADVOCACY

DEVELOPMENT ROUNDTABLE (who has updates about what?)

• Central City South/South Phoenix
• Downtown Core
• Evans Churchill
• Garfield/Eastlake Park
• Grand Avenue/Triangle/Capitol Mall
• Midtown
• Roosevelt/F.Q. Story

UPCOMING COMMUNITY/CIVIC EVENTS

NEW BUSINESS

ADJOURNMENT

Downtown Voices holds first meeting of the new year, Jan. 14

11217543_967925623267356_8205250345803192228_nJoin us on Saturday, January 14, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Avenue, for the first Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting of the new year. In addition to our regular agenda, we’re asking that attendees bring winter critical needs items in new/original packaging for homeless individuals in our city. Here are suggested items:

  • Antiperspirant/deodorant
  • Diapers
  • Gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Ponchos
  • Socks (men’s size 6-12)
  • Tampons
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Underwear (men & women’s)

On behalf of Central Arizona Shelter Services and Downtown Voices Coalition, thank you!

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS

ADMINISTRATION

Subcommittee Updates:

  • Best Practices in RFPs (Andie Abkarian)
  • Community Benefits & GPLETs (Jeff Sherman)

GUEST SPEAKER

ISSUES & ADVOCACY

DEVELOPMENT ROUNDTABLE (who has updates about what?)

  • Central City South/South Phoenix
  • Downtown Core
  • Evans Churchill
  • Garfield/Eastlake Park
  • Grand Avenue/Triangle/Capitol Mall
  • Midtown
  • Roosevelt/F.Q. Story

UPCOMING COMMUNITY/CIVIC EVENTS

NEW BUSINESS

ADJOURNMENT

Local First Arizona Forum on Preservation & Teardown Culture, 11/17

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Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee Meeting, Nov. 19

11217543_967925623267356_8205250345803192228_nPlease join us on Saturday, November 19, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Avenue, for the next Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting. We’re meeting on the 19th due to the Grand Avenue Festival on Saturday, November 12 (which so many of us participate and attend).

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS

ADMINISTRATION

Subcommittee Updates:

  • Best Practices in RFPs (Andie Abkarian)
  • Community Benefits & GPLETs (Jeff Sherman)

GUEST SPEAKER

ISSUES & ADVOCACY

DEVELOPMENT ROUNDTABLE (who has updates about what?)

  • Central City South/South Phoenix
  • Downtown Core
  • Evans Churchill
  • Garfield/Eastlake Park
  • Grand Avenue/Triangle/Capitol Mall
  • Midtown
  • Roosevelt/F.Q. Story

UPCOMING COMMUNITY/CIVIC EVENTS

NEW BUSINESS

ADJOURNMENT

Downtown Voices Coalition Community Benefits & GPLETs Subcommittee Report

This past Spring, two Downtown Voices Coalition subcommittees were asked to examine the “who, what, where, when, why, and how much” of two issues that have been in the news: (1) the use of GPLETs as an economic and urban development tool and (2) the city of Phoenix’s Request for Proposal (RFP) process used to recommend a development team to tackle a development project on a particular parcel.img_20161008_094956238
On Saturday, Jeff Sherman, Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee Member and Chair of the Community Benefits & GPLETs Subcommittee presented his committee’s findings. Next month, after review and comment, the Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee will formally adopt the Subcommittee’s findings and recommendations.

To this topic, the following are available for your review:

If you have any questions, comments, or ideas about the Subcommittee’s position paper and set of recommendations, please contact Jeff Sherman. Your feedback is welcome.

The findings and recommendations of the Best Practices in RFPs Subcommittee, chaired by Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee Member Andie Abkarian, will be forthcoming in the near future.

(Photo credit: Tim Eigo)

DVC Steering Committee Meeting, Oct. 8

11217543_967925623267356_8205250345803192228_nPlease join us on Saturday, October 8, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Avenue, for the next Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting.

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS

ADMINISTRATION

Subcommittee Updates:
• Best Practices in RFPs (Andie Abkarian)
• REPORT PRESENTATION Community Benefits & GPLETs (Jeff Sherman)

GUEST SPEAKER

ISSUES & ADVOCACY

DEVELOPMENT ROUNDTABLE (who has updates about what?)

• Central City South/South Phoenix
• Downtown Core
• Evans Churchill
• Garfield/Eastlake Park
• Grand Avenue/Triangle/Capitol Mall
• Midtown
• Roosevelt/F.Q. Story

UPCOMING COMMUNITY/CIVIC EVENTS

• Mayor’s Arts Awards at Phoenix Center for the Arts, Oct. 13
• Noche en Blanco at Hance Park, Oct. 22
• Certified Local Fall Festival, Nov. 5
• Election Day, Nov. 8 ~ http://servicearizona.com/voterRegistration
• Roosevelt Row Pie Social, Nov. 19
• Other

NEW BUSINESS

ADJOURNMENT

DVC Steering Committee Mtg., Sat., Sept. 10, 9:30 a.m.

11217543_967925623267356_8205250345803192228_nPlease join us on Saturday, September 10, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Avenue, for the next Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting. To review the draft minutes from the August meeting, click here: http://bit.ly/2chilmA

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS (Steve Dreiseszun)

ADMINISTRATION

Subcommittee Updates:

  • Best Practices in RFPs (Andie Abkarian)
  • Community Benefits & GPLETs (Jeff Sherman)
GUEST SPEAKER
  • Jorge Aguirre, IASIS Healthcare Multi-Specialty Clinic (Sun Mercantile Building)

ISSUES & ADVOCACY

  • 3rd St. Promenade update (Ellie Volosin)
  • Impressions from Van Buren St. Improvement Public Open House, Aug. 16
  • Impressions from 3rd & 5th Avenues Project Open House, Aug. 25
  • Update on city’s LED street light replacement policy (Nicole Rodriquez)
  • Prelim discussion on city’s goal of 25% Shade Coverage by 2030
  • Other

UPCOMING COMMUNITY/CIVIC EVENTS

  • Artlink update and upcoming events (Catrina Kahler)
  • Urban Ale Trail, Sept. 10 ~ http://dtphx.org/things-to-do/aletrail/
  • Park(ing) Day PHX 2016, Sept. 16 ~ Facebook
  • Collaboratory on Central grand opening, Sept. 20 ~ http://bit.ly/2aL54nw
  • Social Entrepreneurial Summit, Sept. 20 ~ Facebook
  • Get Your PHX, Sept. 22 ~ Facebook
  • Phoenix Spokes People Public Meeting, Sept. 27 ~ Facebook
  • Chile Pepper Festival, Oct. 1 ~ Facebook
  • Mayor’s Arts Awards at Phoenix Center for the Arts (Oct. 13); nominations due Sept. 23 ~ http://bit.ly/2cAtmRb
  • Noche en Blanco at Hance Park, Oct. 22 ~ Facebook
  • Certified Local Fall Festival, Nov. 5 ~ Facebook
  • Election Day, Nov. 8 ~ http://servicearizona.com/voterRegistration
  • Roosevelt Row Pie Social, Nov. 19 ~ Facebook
  • Other

DEVELOPMENT ROUNDTABLE (who has updates about what?)

  • Central City South/South Phoenix
  • Downtown Core
  • Evans Churchill
  • Garfield/Eastlake Park
  • Grand Avenue/Triangle/Capitol Mall
  • Midtown
  • Roosevelt/F.Q. Story

NEW BUSINESS

ADJOURNMENT

DVC Steering Committee Meeting, Sat., Aug. 13, 9:30 a.m.

11217543_967925623267356_8205250345803192228_nPlease join us on Saturday, August 13, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Avenue, for the next Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting.

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS (Steve Dreiseszun)

ADMINISTRATION

Subcommittee Updates:
• Best Practices in RFPs (Andie Abkarian)
• Community Benefits & GPLETs (Jeff Sherman)

ISSUES & ADVOCACY
• FAA Flight Path Change Update
• Homelessness in Central Phoenix Govt. 101, Aug. 23 (on Facebook)
• 7th St. & Roosevelt Electronic Billboard
• Downtown Phoenix Comprehensive Transportation Study (See update below)
• Van Buren Street Improvement Public Open House, Aug. 16 (on Facebook)
• 3rd & 5tth Avenues Project Open House, Aug. 25 (on Facebook)
• Other

DEVELOPMENT ROUNDTABLE
• Adams Street Activation (Renaissance Hotel exterior)
• Phoenix Biomedical Campus planning
• Knipe House, 2nd St. & Roosevelt (City of Phoenix)
• 5th & 6th Street properties (Desert Viking)
• “The Canyon” Residential/Mixed Use Project (Hines Development)
• Stewart Motor Co./Circles building (Empire)
• Other

UPCOMING EVENTS (share your list!)
• Arizona Center for Law & Society grand opening, Aug. 15 ~http://acls2016.com/
• Phoenix Center for the Arts Open House, Aug. 20 ~ Facebook
• State of the (Congressional) District, Sept. 1 ~ Facebook
• Collaboratory on Central grand opening, Sept. 20 ~ http://bit.ly/2aL54nw
• Chile Pepper Festival, Oct. 1 ~ Facebook
• Certified Local Fall Festival moving to Hance Park, Nov. 5 ~ Facebook
• Roosevelt Row Pie Social, Nov. 19 ~ Facebook
• Other

NEW BUSINESS

ADJOURNMENT

 

Downtown Phoenix Comprehensive Transportation Study (August 2016 Update)

The recommendations in the Downtown Phoenix Comprehensive Transportation Study (DPCTS) were adopted by City Council in July 2014. Many of these recommendations have been placed in our Capital Improvement Program as future design and construction projects. To date there are a host of projects in various stages of development that align with Phase I and II of the DPCTS including:
• 3rd and 5th Avenue Multimodal Street Improvements (pre-design)
• Bike lanes on Washington and Jefferson between 7th Street and 7th Avenue (design plans completed and signed)
• 3rd Street Improvements from Indian School Road to Roosevelt Street (pre-design complete and concept approved)
• A new Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon and Two-Stage crosswalk was recently installed between the Children’s Museum of Phoenix and the Heritage Square area that aims for safer pedestrian movements across busy 7th Street.
• Van Buren Street Improvements from 7th Street to 40th Street (pre-design complete)
• Plans for future bicycle lanes on Roosevelt Street between 1st and 7th Avenues have been completed and strongly received by the community.
• Phase II of Grant Street improvements in the Warehouse District will begin August 2016.
• Staff has also continued coordination with the Warehouse Committee on need and future projects many of them align with the Warehouse Streetscape and Safety Study managed by TPP staff.

Planned and current development projects throughout the Downtown and adjacent areas are being coordinated closely with the development community including projects such as: Ballpark Apartments, Fry’s grocery store, Bio-Campus, multi-family housing and the Renaissance Hotel and Adams Street improvements.

Street Transportation was able to use excess Reinvent Phoenix funds through PDD to prepare a feasibility study and 15% plans for both 3rd Street and Van Buren Street improvement projects located within the Reinvent Phoenix TOD areas.

In addition, Street Transportation has worked closely with Neighborhood Services on CMAQ projects and Housing with the successful Choice Neighborhoods Grant and Global Green Initiative. Finally, since the successful three-star rating through Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating Communities (STAR) for the City, Street Transportation has been part of the expanded effort in the Transportation performance measures to improve our rating as well as the potential alignment with the Complete Streets performance measures and those in PlanPhx.

Outreach and Approvals

Briefings with impacted City Council offices have occurred at various phases on capital Improvement projects, road repurposing as part of the Bicycle Master Plan, MAG Design Assistance and the T2050 Program. Examples of these efforts include:
• 3rd Street (Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee approval of conceptual design)
• 3rd and 5th Avenue (Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee updates)
• Oak Street – 3rd Street to 20th Street (Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee update on MAG projects)

Our new direction is to garner Subcommittee approval on the project conceptual plan before moving forward so that City Council is aware of planned improvements.

Public outreach efforts for street improvement projects have been very successful. Staff continues to utilize the most up to date avenues for getting information out to the community through our Public Information Officer. Attendance for specific projects have exceeded 100 attendees at designated open houses where staff have also utilized innovative before and after drawings to illustrate the future improvements to the attendees. Staff has also worked with other departments to include other related items (i.e. Choice Neighborhoods Grant, LRT station planning) within the project area at the selected open houses to maximize the meeting time.

Complete Streets

Draft documents were prepared for Complete Streets including a policy, design guidelines and performance measures. In the midst of the approval process, staff was advised by the Planning Commission to gather input from the development community. In response to this, meetings between the Complete Streets Advisory Board and developer representatives have been occurring throughout the summer with focused discussion on what is asked of the area developers using a series of existing and planned development examples including: multi-family, single-family, master planned communities and commercial projects. Subsequent meetings will summarize comments from all parties and revise the draft documents.

Bicycle Master Plan

Street Transportation is working to implement the recommendations from the Bicycle Master Plan by focusing on placement of bike lanes on collector streets such as:
• Osborn Road (19th Avenue -20th Street)
• Missouri Avenue (19th Avenue – 24th Street)
• Virginia Street (Central Avenue – 7th Street)
• Others previously discussed

Other Items

The City of Phoenix submitted an application for an FTA Pilot Grant for transit-oriented development (TOD) in June 2016 for the South Central LRT Corridor. The Pilot Program for TOD Planning helps communities by providing funding to local communities to integrate land use and transportation planning with a New Starts or fixed-guideway project. TPP staff completed two applications for the FY2016 MAG Design Assistance program. Both projects received funding and staff kicked off the pre-design work for projects on Oak and Missouri Streets.

The Multi-modal Level of Service Study led by MAG is a planning effort to prepare a system to measure Levels of Service for walking and bicycling in select corridors in Mesa, Tempe, Glendale and Phoenix.

The City of Phoenix worked very closely with Valley Metro, MAG and the National Association of City Transportation Officials to hold a workshop on potential concepts for on-street Bus Rapid Transit on Thomas Road and various design concepts to address safe pedestrian and bicycle access for the South Central LRT Corridor.

Street Transportation Department staff has been coordinating efforts with the Planning and Development Department on a number of projects and initiatives including:
• Update to General Plan and the specific village activity centers
• Impact Fee Program
• Alley activation
• Reinvent Phoenix implementation
• Street Classification Map revisions
• Complete Streets coordination with developers