Daily Archives: March 16, 2009

Phoenix historic neighborhoods group to meet March 19

The Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods Coalition will meet Thursday, March 19, starting at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Elementary Dist. #1 Governing Board Room (turn south off Palm Lane, just east of 7th St.; meeting room at northeast corner of the campus).  Among the agenda items:

  • Barbara Stocklin, City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Officer, will offer several updates, including grant program changes and palm tree maintenance/preservation.
  • Discussion of possible effects of deletion and modification of stipulations on Park Central Mall property.
  • Report on effects of budget crisis on Phoenix Elementary District #1 schools and programs.
  • Nominations are due April 4, for the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Awards (now in its 27th year).  Details here.
  • 2009 Historic Preservation Luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa on May 5, 11:30 a.m.  Carl Elefante from Washington D.C. will speak on greening historic and vintage buildings.  Seats are $50, and reservations are being handled through the Capitol Mall Association via e-mail or phone 602-340-0745.
  • The 7th Annual Statewide Historic Preservation Partnership Conference will be held June 18 – 20 at the Downtown Hyatt-Regency.  Details here.
  • Want to help with the current budget crisis?  Stephen Procaccini has alerted us to a new city web page where people can search for ways to volunteer at city parks, social service programs, libraries, etc.  Click here.
  • Learn more about Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Month.  Click here for events calendar.

Retailer H&M rumors swirl in downtown Phoenix

[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — H&M, a trendy clothing retailer, could be shopping for a downtown Phoenix location.  On Monday, a Phoenix marketing company called Urban Affair emailed an online survey that asks downtown workers and residents about their shopping habits and their feelings about H& M.  Currently, there are no H&M stores in Arizona, but the firm plans to open a location at Scottsdale Quarter, $270 million development that will open at the end of March.  H&M has not announced an opening date for that store, a spokeswoman for the retailer said.

H&M has a strong following among the budget-conscious, fashionable set because it has low-priced, European-influenced style.  The retailer collaborates on product lines with upscale designers, including Stella McCartney and stars, such as Madonna.

An Urban Affair official downplayed the H&M aspect of Monday’s survey.  No developer asked the firm to do it, added Catrina Knoebl who co-founded Urban Affair.  “We did the survey to gauge support about downtown retail,” Knoebl said.

The survey doesn’t say where a downtown Phoenix H&M could be located.  However, an obvious choice would be the $900 million CityScape development, which is under construction in downtown Phoenix.  Through a spokeswoman, RED Development LLC declined to comment about H&M.  CityScape is bound by First Avenue, Second Street, Washington Street, and Jefferson Street.  The project broke ground in 2007 and crews are building a cluster of shops, offices and restaurants.

H&M has had a long flirtation with the Valley.  Before the Scottsdale Quarter announcement, there was talk about a possible H&M shop at Scottsdale Fashion Square and at Tempe Marketplace.  Neither shopping center has a store.  Generally speaking, H&M may decide to open other locations in the future to serve the Valley, H&M communications specialist Shaneika Haskins.  Haskins wouldn’t talk about the downtown Phoenix buzz. “We don’t comment on rumors,” she said.

Poor economy affecting Phoenix homeless shelter

In this Cronkite News Service report, the poor economy is leading many people to local homeless shelters.

Phoenix First Friday vendors change products to suit slow economy

In this Cronkite News Service report, vendors at First Friday in downtown Phoenix make changes to their product mix due to the poor economy.