Daily Archives: April 23, 2008

Agreement nears on historic Luhrs block

Photo courtesy of Arizona Republic[Source: Barbara Stocklin, City of Phoenix] — The City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office is close to reaching an agreement on a recommended course of action to amend an existing development agreement pertaining to this historic downtown block (between Jefferson and Madison, Central and 1st Avenue). 

This agreement would address preservation requirements for the block and potential matching historic preservation bond funds for the Luhrs Building Office tower.  The Historic Preservation Commission is slated to take action on this item April 28, 2008, with City Council action anticipated by the end of the fiscal year.

Colangelo quits Phoenix Community Alliance

Jerry Colangelo, photo by Charlie Leight/Arizona Republic[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — Jerry Colangelo, once a titan in downtown Phoenix development, is fading from the inner circle.  Today, he’ll end his nine-year stint leading the Phoenix Community Alliance, a key group of business leaders who have provided behind-the-scenes muscle for many downtown projects.  Those include the $1.4 billion light-rail line, the $600 million Phoenix Convention Center overhaul, and the $900 million City- Scape development in downtown.

The alliance board is expected to vote to name Martin Shultz, an influential executive with Pinnacle West Capital Corp., parent company of APS, as the group’s new chairman.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]