Daily Archives: April 9, 2008

Suns, D-backs partners to pay $20M, beat out Jackson St. developers for key spot

[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — Ownership of a parking garage has become a battle between influential downtown Phoenix players, and, in the end, representatives of the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks are likely to get to control the game.  Today, the Phoenix City Council is expected to give the green light to an agreement with the Suns Legacy Properties LLC and AZPB Limited Partnership, representing Suns and Diamondbacks ownership, to take over the 1,400-space city garage because sports fans use it during home games, Deputy City Manager David Cavazos said.

The developers behind a planned downtown entertainment district, who also wanted the garage, are retooling their game plan.  “The major users of the garage are the Diamondbacks and the Suns,” Cavazos said.  “Any time you have a third party, it’s more difficult to manage the garage according to what the custom and practice has been for many years for traffic control and pricing.”

The Jefferson Street Garage is bound by Jackson, Jefferson, Third and Fourth streets.  It’s walking distance from both Chase Field, home of the Diamondbacks, and US Airways Center, home of the Suns.  The deal, which calls for the city to sell the garage for a set price of $20 million, will satisfy the teams and will help the proposed district, Cavazos said.  Suns managing partner Robert Sarver couldn’t be reached for comment. [To read the full article, click here.]

Demolished MSG replaced by box, museum

Replaced with an ugly office building[Source: Connie Cone Sexton, Arizona Republic] — A museum that hearkens to the layered cultural spirit of the former Phoenix Madison Square Garden will be unveiled today in a new building where the downtown popular arena once stood.  The old building, which had been home to boxing and wrestling matches but also musical shows and evangelism revivals, was torn down in 2005.  As part of a rezoning hearing to allow for the four-story office building, the Phoenix City Council required the developer to commemorate the history of the arena.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.  To listen to KJZZ’s recap of the Madison Square Garden controversy, click here.]