Daily Archives: September 9, 2008

Phoenix’s First Missionary Church to be rehabbed with HP bond funds

[Source: Barbara Stocklin, City of Phoenix] — The Phoenix City Council approved $150,000 in Historic Preservation Bond Funds for the exterior rehabilitation of the historic First Missionary Church, a high profile 1928 historic building at 902 E. McKinley St. in the Garfield Historic District.  The building will continue to be used as a church, occupied by Spirit & Life Church, though a lease agreement with the owner. 

The proposed rehabilitation project includes window repair and replacement, masonry cleaning and repair, repainting of wood surfaces, removal of paint from concrete steps, removal of non-historic features such as evaporative coolers, and installation of a new ADA lift on the east side of the building.

Building slowdown helps clear Phoenix air

[Source: Associated Press] — Air quality officials say fewer construction industry trucks and workers kicking up dust may be one of the reasons the Phoenix area recorded fewer bad air days in the past two years.  Two years ago, monitors in and around Maricopa County registered unhealthful readings for particulate pollution on 27 occasions.  But since then, air pollution levels have exceeded the federal health standard far less often — only 11 times in 2007 and eight times so far this year.

The slowdown in the construction industry is likely a significant reason for the lower numbers, officials say.  “I think it has to be a factor, but I don’t know that it’s the only factor,” said Holly Ward, a spokeswoman for Maricopa County’s Air Quality Department.  Tougher enforcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and increased awareness may also be helping the situation.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

State legislative debate, Sept. 15, at ASU Downtown Phoenix campus

[Source: Connie Cone Sexton, Arizona Republic] — [Central Phoenix residents] have a chance to learn more about legislative candidates during a debate aimed at giving them a better idea of whom to vote for in the Nov. 4 general election.  Arizona State University is teaming with the Citizens Clean Election Commission to sponsor several debates in state legislative districts near ASU campuses.  For voters in District 16, the debate will be held on September 15, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Mercado at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, 502 E. Monroe St., Room C-145.

Invited to participate are state Senate candidates Daniel Veres (Republican) and Leah Landrum (Democrat), as well as state House candidates Cloves Campbell Jr. (Democrat), Ben Miranda (Democrat), Ronald Harders (Republican), and Ray Williams (Republican).  For more information, click here or call Van Ornelas at 480-965-0100.