Daily Archives: July 14, 2008

Which downtown Phoenix “character area” do you live/work in?

In early July, the Phoenix City Council voted to adopt the Downtown Plan, a vision for future growth, neighborhoods, and parking, and the first part of the Urban Form Project.  The Plan defines Character Areas within the plan boundaries (roughly bound by Seventh Avenue, Buckeye Road, Seventh Street and McDowell Road) with the goal of ensuring that city planning and zoning decisions stay consistent with the Character Areas.  So what Character Area do you live and/or work in?  Click here and then go to the specific page(s) of interest:

  • Arizona State University (page 3-10)
  • Biomedical (page 3-33)
  • Business Core (page 3-7)
  • East McDowell (page 3-27)
  • Evans Churchill (page 3-29)
  • Government (page 3-39)
  • Light Rail (page 3-10)
  • Park Neighborhoods (page 3-47)
  • Roosevelt (page 3-15)
  • Seventh Avenue (page 3-18)
  • Townsend Park (page 3-25)
  • Van Buren (page 3-35)
  • Warehouse (page 3-42)
  • West McDowell (page 3-23)

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, contact Dean Brennan, Principal Planner, Phoenix Planning Department, by e-mail or phone at 602-262-4499.

New downtown Phoenix hotel slated for Central & Adams

[Source: Business Real Estate Weekly of Arizona] — A venture formed by Mentor Properties Inc. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Cal DeSouza, Frank DeSouza, principals) and Pointe of View Developments in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Randy Klapstein, principal) plans to develop a 129-room Aloft hotel in downtown Phoenix.  The one-half-acre site, located at the southeast corner of Central Avenue and Adams Street, is owned by the City of Phoenix.  The venture has entered into an agreement with Phoenix to lease the property for 20 years.  Cal DeSouza says the company will use the land to build an Aloft select service hotel from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc

The boutique hotel will be constructed on top of roughly 5,000 sq. ft. of ground floor retail.  Construction set to start in October, with opening slated for December 2009.  Pointe of View Construction to serve as construction manager.  Development cost estimated at $20 million.  Construction financing now being arranged.  The five-story project is being designed by Whitneybell Perry Architecture in Phoenix.  [Note: For background on Mentor Properties previously announced downtown Phoenix real estate venture, Copper Pointe condominium, click here and here.]