Daily Archives: March 17, 2009

Household utility help available for Phoenix low income residents

[Source: City of Phoenix] — Qualified Phoenix residents may be eligible to participate in the city of Phoenix Utility Repair and Replacement Program.  The program, coordinated by the city’s Human Services Department, provides emergency repair and replacement services to low-income households.  Eligible applicants may receive services including water heaters, air conditioners (minor repairs), cooking stoves, refrigerators, evaporative coolers, furnaces, and minor plumbing repairs.

To be eligible, residents must not have received services from the program in the past 12 months.  Households must be below 200% of the poverty guideline.  All applicants must provide proof of legal residency or citizenship.  Assistance is offered as long as funding is available.  To obtain a list of documents needed to verify eligibility, schedule an appointment or learn more about the program, call 602-262-4520.

Urban farming topic of Radiate Phoenix event at Maizie’s, March 31

radiatephx[Source: Radiate Phoenix] — Spring has sprung and the desert is in bloom.  The perfect time to gather at Maizie’s outside patio to hear Greg Peterson, founder of Urban Farm, talk about community gardens and urban farming. For ideas allowed to grow can sprout into concepts that can change the world…

  • Date: Tuesday, March 31
  • Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (program shortly after 6 p.m.)
  • Place: Maizie’s Café & Bistro, 4750 N. Central
  • Patio is limited to 40 people.  Parking is just north of the restaurant after 5 p.m.  
  • RSVP here.

Radiate Phoenix is a non-traditional networking group that meets once a month to support smart growth in our emerging city.  It is intended to be an informal and fun forum for connecting people, ideas, and vision.  For more information, click here.

Downtown Phoenix lot to stay empty

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Valley Youth Theatre, downtown Phoenix (Photo: Google Maps)

[Source: Salvador Rodriguez, ASU Web Devil] — The sandlot near Taylor Place on the Downtown campus may stay vacant for at least another year despite city attempts to attract developers, a Phoenix official said.   The city put out a request for proposals almost two years ago to develop the property, which is managed by the Valley Youth Theatre and located between First and Second streets. 

But the city did not receive any responses that fit the criteria of the request for the nearly 28,000 square feet of property and does not anticipate receiving any in the near future, Phoenix Redevelopment Program manager Jeremy Legg said.  “That site is underutilized, and we would like to see something happen there,” Legg said. “But given the economy and the lack of responses to the first request, I don’t see anything occurring in there this year for sure.”

By closing the request for proposals, the city could then reissue it with looser criteria in hopes that it would appeal to a broader audience and get more proposals, Legg said.  “Part of the reason that possibly nobody responded to it was because of the detailed criteria in [the first request for proposals],” Legg said.

Some of the criteria in the proposal included developing mixed-use facilities for residential, retail, and commercial spaces as well as conforming to the area’s aesthetics.  The proposal also asked that developers incorporate the youth theater into plans or assist in funding a new youth center.  There have also been discussions about the property becoming available to the University in the future, possibly for more student housing, should the Valley Youth Theatre relocate, said Patrick Panetta, assistant director of ASU Real Estate Development.   [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Midtown Museum District association to meet March 25

The Midtown Museum District Neighborhood Association will meet on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at the Century Plaza Condominiums, Central and Osborn.  The meeting will start promptly at 6:30 p.m.  Vice Mayor Tom Simplot will be the keynote speaker.  After the meeting, there will be an opportunity to view the Century Plaza condos.

The next social event will be on Friday, March 20 at Switch, 2603 N. Central Avenue (just north of Virginia), starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by a short walk to the Heard Museum to enjoy their Third Friday event.  Tickets for Switch will be $9 per person for one drink and an appetizer buffet.  RSVP here.