Daily Archives: January 3, 2009

Luhrs Block developer wants additional downtown Phoenix land

Luhrs Central Building, Phoenix, Arizona by thornydalemapco.

Southern half of Luhrs Block, downtown Phoenix (Photo: thornydalemapco)

[Source: Arizona Republic] — The developer who bought downtown Phoenix’s iconic Luhrs Building and Luhrs Tower want to take a step toward building a hotel and other buildings south of the landmarks.  On Wednesday, the City Council’s Downtown, Economy, and Aviation subcommittee will weigh whether the city should issue a request for proposals to develop the block.  The area is bound by First Avenue and Central Avenue, and Jefferson and Madison streets.

Irvine, Calif.-based Hansji Hotels, Inc. already owns the property, but the city must issue a request for proposals if the developer wants to partner with the city to develop it, said Jason Harris deputy director of the city’s downtown development office.  Hansji is already working with the city to preserve the two historic buildings.  Hansji bought the block for $28 million in 2007.

What are your favorite spots along Phoenix light rail?

picture-5A cadre of Phoenix light rail fans, led by Cheryl Colan and Will Bradley, are encouraging other local residents to add to their collaborative public (Google) map of destinations easily reachable via Valley Metro’s light rail system.  The goal of the map is to become a resource of the little, unknown, and wonderful places that are overlooked on “official” guides. Collaborators are urged to share their favorite businesses, restaurants, or even quiet scenic views.  For details and to add to the map, click here.   

Oh, there are other maps as well, including phxrailfood.com’s map of restaurants along the light rail route; RailLife.com’s interactive map of stations, park-and-ride lots, and traffic patterns; and Valley Metro’s maps of current lines and future transit corridors.  Any others?