Daily Archives: August 26, 2008

Phoenix politicos’ “Sweet Home Arizona”

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano tells the Democratic National Convention that “we cannot afford four more years of failing economics and a failing economy.[Source: Denver Post] — Several speakers at the Democratic National Convention attacked Arizona U.S. Senator John McCain’s record on abortion and birth control, and Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano took a few shots at him for owning seven houses.  “I come from Arizona, and most of us only have one house,” she said.  “I live in a condo in downtown Phoenix…and I know exactly where it is.”

Ouch! Orpheum battles Omega over downtown Phoenix parking spots

[Source: “Developer, Orpheum residents trade ire,” Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — The residents at an upscale downtown Phoenix loft project were booted from the building’s parking lot this weekend, days after some condo owners accused the parking lot’s owner of “wrongdoing” in court papers.  On Friday, signs appeared in the Orpheum Lofts that said “due to an insurance issue” residents could no longer park in the next-door parking lot.  On Monday, any remaining cars were towed, residents said.

This week, several residents at 144 W. Adams St. scrambled to find a new home for their cars.  Noah Lewkowitz usually takes a bus to his job at a Tempe architecture firm, but is driving to work this week because he has no place to park.  “It was nice to have my car right below my window where I can see it,” said Lewkowitz who rents a one-bedroom apartment.  Residents will have to pay $40 to $80 a month to park in nearby garages, he said.

It’s the latest flashpoint in a long-simmering parking dispute at the Orpheum Lofts, where condo owners have paid anywhere from about $150,000 to nearly $1 million for their homes.  Buyers purchased units in the refurbished Art Deco building and parking was included, residents say.  The lofts’ developer, however, sold the lot to W Developments.  W plans to build [Omega] condos on the parking-lot property but has allowed owners to park for free on the lot for a year and a half, said the company’s principal, David Wallach [also the developer of The Summit at Copper Square].  When the condos are built, each owner may have to pay more than $30,000 for a space in the high-rise’s parking garage.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Phoenix HP Commission recommends project for Parks, Preserve Initiative

Winship House, Phoenix, Arizona

[Source: Barbara Stocklin, City of Phoenix] — The City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission formally recommended that the City Council allocate Parks & Preserve Initiative (PPI) funds to rehabilitate historic properties on city parks where there has been substantial prior public investment and additional funds are still needed to activate a historic building and site for a public use, most notably:

  • $12 million for remaining capital, staffing, and operational needs at Tovrea Castle (including funds needed immediately to help open the park and to provide public restrooms).
  • $5 million for Steele Indian School.
  • $800,000 for the Winship House at 216 W. Portland Parkway.

For a complete list of historic resources managed by the city’s Parks & Recreation Department and in need of significant, click here.