Daily Archives: October 8, 2010

Downtown Voices Coalition Minutes for August 14, 2010

Meeting held at Roosevelt Commons, 825 N. 6th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003

Attending: Kim Kasper, Tim Sprague, Suad Mahmuljin, Louisa Stark, Matt Tomb, Elise Griffin, John Saccoman, Beatrice Moore, Susan Copeland, Steve Weiss, Carol Poore, Erick Baer, Karla Grijalva, Margaret Dietrich, Jim McPherson, Reid Butler, Kate Benjamin, Sean Sweat, Bill Blauc, Tim Eigo

9:35 AM

Introductions and approval of minutes: Motion to approve Reid Butler, Second Tim Eigo, voice vote carried unanimously.

 

GRAND AVENUE FESTIVAL– Kate Benjamin, chair Grand Avenue Festival

September 25, 2010-All day and evening

Events include-5 stops on Historic Tour-15th Avenue/Grand area

$10.00 ticket for tour-fundraiser for Grand Avenue Merchants Association

Open Artist Studios-Trashy Sculpture Show

Evening Fashion Show Braggs Pie Factory

Oasis Motel renovation will be part of tour-hoping to start renovation in October 2010

Request for $250.00 donation by Downtown Voices Coalition to Grand Avenue Merchant Association for Grand Avenue Festival.

  • Motion to donate John Saccoman, 2nd Suad Mahmuljin, voice vote approved unanimously
  • Reid Butler will match DVC donation.

VISONING CONFERENCE DOCUMENT UPDATE– Carol Poore

Initial stages developing nicely and she’ll be handing over preliminary soon

Carol discussed her dissertation on how Phoenix Community Alliance and Downtown Phoenix Partnership interact with other organizations in downtown-DVC is a player!

3 profound issues:

  1. Leadership changes
  2. With big projects done, street level activity and development needed
  3. Affordable and attainable housing

Erick Baer-Public funding initiatives=empty lots, Private no public funds=Grand Avenue

SAHARA/RAMADA UPDATE– Steve Weiss

City asked for continuance of rezoning for parking lot. “Done Deal” says City Mgr.  David Cavazos.

10:15 am

OLD BUSINESS

Update Private Non-Profit Intervention Fund-Reid Butler

  • Example was given for creating new organization with capital seed money ($20 mil)
  • Phoenix-based organization intervenes and purchases older threatened buildings
  • Save money with more than advocacy, save with money!
  • Funding sources-Angles, non-profits, corporations
  • Use tax credits to finance end goal-Organization stabilizes structure, sells to preservation-     friendly developers-Or –Bank—gift building to non-profit.
  • Version of how not to do it-Grace Court

NEW BUSINESS

Motion to Publish DVC Minutes General Monthly Meetings to DVC website

  • Motion made by Suad Mahmuljin, Seconded by Tim Eigo, voice vote carries motion unanimously.

11:30 AM

MOTION TO ADJOURN

John Saccoman, seconded by Tim Eigo, voice vote carries motion unanimously.

 

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Downtown Phoenix’s Dodge Theatre becomes Comerica Theatre

[Source: Phoenix Business Journal]

The Dodge Theatre is boasting a new name as a result of a deal with Comerica Bank.

The newly named Comerica Theatre is a 5,500-seat venue hosting a range of events, from concerts to plays and comedians.

The renaming marks a five-year sponsorship deal between the bank and Live Nation, the firm that books acts inside the property at 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Comerica spokeswoman Susan Siravo said the Dallas-based bank has identified Arizona and California as growth markets. Comerica has 17 branches across Arizona with two more scheduled to open in 2011.

Jerry Seinfeld will be the first performer in the renamed theater Oct. 9.

Other upcoming performances include Kenny Rogers on Oct. 14, Celtic Thunder on Nov. 10 and Vince Vaughn and Kevin James on Nov. 17.

Requests for comment from Comerica and Live Nation officials were not immediately returned.

 

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