Ramada Inn in downtown Phoenix is days from demolition
There will be a public hearing to allow a use permit for an interim parking lot on the site this Thursday, August 12, at 9:00 am. It will be held at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St. 1st Floor, Assembly Room C. More information can be found here. A meeting agenda has been posted here.
[Source: Emily Gersema in the Arizona Republic]
Workers have been stripping recyclable items such as doors and wiring from the 175-room Ramada Inn at First and Taylor streets in downtown Phoenix to prepare the site for a parking lot.
A Phoenix group of concerned residents and business leaders, Downtown Voices Coalition, tried for several months to stop the demolition, arguing the hotel, once known as the Sahara Motor Inn, was a historic site and should be preserved.
City Manager David Cavazos has said the demolition is a done deal. Crews demolished part of the motel in May.
DEMOLITION: Jeremy Legg, Phoenix economic development program manager, said this phase costs about $700,000. Workers will begin razing the remaining buildings later this month.
PARKING: Legg said after the site is razed, workers will turn it into a parking lot, which could be opened to handle overflow from the nearby Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.
NEXT STEP: Within two or three years, Arizona State University hopes to expand its downtown Phoenix campus to include a new building at the site for a new College of Law. The state budget crisis has forced ASU to wait for funding.
Posted on August 9, 2010, in Downtown Vitality, Downtown Voices Coalition, Historic Preservation, Sustainability and tagged Adaptive reuse, ASU, City of Phoenix, David Cavazos, Demolition, Downtown Phoenix, Ramada Inn, Sahara Motor Inn. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.