Daily Archives: November 1, 2010

City of Phoenix Meetings and Events, Nov 1st – 7th

Here’s this week’s list of downtown and central Phoenix related meetings and events hosted by the City of Phoenix:

Monday, Nov. 1

6:15 p.m. Encanto Village Planning Committee

Phoenix College, Willo Conference Room, 3310 N. 10th Ave.

Michael Hammett, 602-495-5405

Tuesday, Nov. 2

5 – 6 p.m. College Depot Workshop, “SAT vs ACT: What is the Difference”

Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., second floor

Rita Marko, 602-534-2025

6 p.m. Camelback East Village Planning Committee

Devonshire Senior Center, 2802 E. Devonshire Ave.

Michael Hammett, 602-495-5405

Wednesday, Nov. 3

10 a.m. City Council Downtown, Aviation and Economy Subcommittee

Phoenix City Hall, 12th floor, City Council Subcommittee Room, 200 W. Washington St.

Alejandro Montiel, 602-261-8512

3 p.m. City Council Formal Meeting

City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St.

Alejandro Montiel, 602-262-8512

Thursday, Nov. 4

9 a.m. – noon Fair Housing Workshop

Phoenix City Hall, assembly room D, 200 W. Washington St.

Marcie Colpas, 602-262-6164

10 a.m. City Council Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability Subcommittee

Phoenix City Hall, 12th floor, City Council Subcommittee Room, 200 W. Washington St.

Alejandro Montiel, 602-261-8512

5 p.m. Mayor’s State of the Downtown

CityScape, 1 E. Washington St., (Washington to Jefferson streets on Central Avenue)

Gerardo Higginson, 602-534-9505

Friday, Oct. 22

10 a.m. – noon Grant Writing 101

Neighborhood Services Department West Facility, 3325 W. Flower St., Suite 100

Lisa Honebrink, 602-262-6180

1 – 2:30 p.m. Meet Journalist Terry Green Sterling,

Burton Barr Central Library, Pulliam Auditorium, 1221 N. Central Ave.

Rita Marko, 602-534-2025

The meetings listed in the calendar are accurate as of Friday, Oct. 29.  For possible changes and additional city meetings, visit phoenix.gov/publicmeetings.

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Hotel Monroe Downtown Phoenix Looking For New Developer

[Source: Gene Urban, The Urban Connection]

The historic Hotel Monroe may find a new buyer this month if all goes well.

Mark Synder, a partner with Synder Worldwide Real Estate, is excited about this property he represents and describes as one of the most important historic buildings in Arizona. I thought this a great realization as many commercial real estate brokers care little about the historic value of a building… only its commercial or monetary worth.

Synder says the renovation project that began and failed a few years ago is about 1/3 complete. Some of the floors are completely framed out and much remains to be done. He estimates an additional 30 million will be needed to finish the build-out. On the good news side, much of the ground work has been done to qualify for historic federal tax credits and the property is already on the both state and federal historic registers.


  • Built in 1930-1932, this building was originally titled “The Professional Building”.
  • Currently the largest/tallest historic building in Arizona with approximately 157,000 sq.ft. of space.
  • Built from concrete with Indiana (AKA Bedford) limestone facings.
  • The project architects were Morgan, Wall and Clements. Morgan, Wall and Clements were well known for their work in California. The link above has information about many of their lavish designs.
  • H.H. Greene was also involved in the design and building of this project. He is well known for his work with Dwight Heard.
  • The architectural style is Moderne and sometimes called Los Angeles Modern.
  • The ornamental  work on the doorway facing Central Ave is made of bronze. I am told the elevator doors are of matching design and materials.
  • The top story was added in 1958.


Bids to purchase the Hotel Monroe are currently being accepted. However, the time to act is ticking quickly. Mark Snyder tells me the bidding ends on November 10th. However, he’d be delighted to provide interested parties all applicable information. Naturally, a confidentiality agreement would have to be signed.

You can contact Mr. Snyder at Mark@brokerhotel.com or 480-344-7500.

ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus to host ABC Election Town Hall

[Source: ASU News]

ABC News, Facebook and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University will host an election night town hall that will be streamed live on the network and on Facebook.

ABC News anchors Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will break away to a live audience of ASU students, faculty and staff throughout their national televised coverage of election night. The event also will be shown on NewsNow, ABC News’ 24/7 cable channel, and abcnews.com. It is the only town hall meeting that is part of ABC’s planned election coverage.

“There’s extraordinary interest in this midterm election across the country, and we want to harness that enthusiasm,” said Andrew Morse, executive producer for innovation for ABC News Digital.

“We want to be able to reach our viewers and users wherever they are, and our live-streaming coverage will do just that. We also couldn’t be more excited about our partnership with Facebook and the Cronkite School at ASU. The town hall is a unique chance to dive deeply into the key issues and races driving this election, and to engage our viewers and users in new ways, on air and online.”

Cronkite student Natalie Podgorski will join ABC News correspondent David Muir and Facebook’s director of communications Randi Zuckerberg in hosting the event from the Cronkite Theater on the second floor of the school’s state-of-the-art building in downtown Phoenix.

Podgorski is a news anchor for Cronkite NewsWatch, the school’s nightly 30-minute newscast that airs statewide on PBS. She is also a reporter for ABC News on Campus, which provides broadcast students at six universities with the opportunity to report on stories in their region for ABC News’ digital and broadcast platforms.

A select group of 140 ASU students, faculty and staff will be present at the town hall to join in a lively discussion of the election and issues facing the country.

The event bridges several media platforms, with audience members interacting via laptops online and through Facebook on the ABC Facebook page (www.facebook.com/abcnews) and the U.S. Politics page (www.facebook.com/uspolitics). The town hall begins at 4 p.m. PST in Phoenix and will conclude at about 11 p.m.

“As Election Day nears, candidates across the country are using Facebook to communicate authentically with voters as well as organize supporters in ways unimaginable a decade ago,” said Randi Zuckerberg, marketing director for Facebook.

“Today, voters also want to engage with candidates on Facebook – and tell their friends who they are supporting – in addition to learning about candidates through trusted news organizations like ABC News. We’re pleased to partner with ABC News and the Cronkite School at ASU to deliver an innovative election night experience.”

Podgorski said the chance to be part of the network’s election night coverage is “truly a once-in–a-lifetime opportunity.”

“It’s a little nerve-racking working with the best in the business, but the Cronkite School has prepared me for this,” Podgorski said.

“After reporting and anchoring for NewsWatch and working for ABC News on Campus, I can’t think of a better way to prepare for a lengthy broadcast. It’s also great for students at ASU to have their voices and concerns heard this election season.”

The election night partnership with ABC is part of the school’s ongoing relationship with the network. The Cronkite School and ABC partner on initiatives that prepare students for professional positions in the media. While ABC News on Campus provides broadcast students with regional and national reporting experience, Phoenix’s local ABC affiliate, KNXV-TV, airs Cronkite student stories and offers student internships. And on Nov. 12, ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer will be in Phoenix to accept the school’s 27th Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.

“The Cronkite School and ABC News have built a very strong partnership over the past few years, and this town hall event is a perfect example of how well we work together,” Lodato said.

“Our outstanding students and state-of-the-art facility make Cronkite the perfect location for a program of this magnitude.”

The Cronkite School was last the site of a network broadcast last fall when NBC News anchor Brian Williams hosted “NBC Nightly News” live from the rooftop of the school.

In addition to the town hall event, the Cronkite School will produce three hours of live election night coverage that will air on Eight World, the digital PBS channel that can be found at 8.3 and Cox 88, as well as on CronkiteNewsOnline.com.

Cronkite crews will be stationed around the metropolitan Phoenix area, including satellite trucks at the Republican and Democratic headquarters in downtown Phoenix. Approximately 50 Cronkite students will work the election.

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