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Meeting Agenda for October 10 Meeting

DVC logo with words on side FINALDVC Steering Committee Meeting Agenda

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

Roosevelt Commons

825 N. 6th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003

​WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS

APPROVAL OF MINUTES from Sept. 12, 2015

TREASURER’S REPORT

APPLICATIONS/VOTE FOR STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

  • Jeffery Sherman
  • Kim Moody

SPEAKERS

  • Lindsay Kinkade on resolution of ASU signage variance request
  • Sean Sweat on code interpretation at McDowell & Alvarado/5th Ave. (i.e. Alliance’s Broadstone project)

PLANNING & ADVOCACY UPDATES

  • Downtown representatives requested to serve on Citizens Transportation Committee
  • DT/DPI survey results delivered to City of Phoenix department directors, and the variation in response between neighbors and City Directors
  • City of Phoenix Alley Committee
  • FAA flight path changes
  • City of Phoenix Tree Ordinance Review Committee
  • 3rd/5th Avenue switch from 1-way to 2-way
  • APS recent outages
  • OTHER

DEVELOPMENT WEST OF CENTRAL

  • Containers on Grand news
  • Arizona State Fairgrounds
  • Triangle Neighborhood
  • City of Phoenix RFPs
  • OTHER

DEVELOPMENT EAST OF CENTRAL

  • Circle K at 7th St. and Roosevelt (and adjacent electronic billboard)
  • Roosevelt Business Improvement District (BID)
  • OTHER

NEW/OTHER BUSINESS

  • Future guest speaker ideas welcomed
  • Collier Center seeks ideas on new restaurant type

SAMPLING OF UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

REMINDER ABOUT NOVEMBER MEETING

Due to conflicts with our participation in the terrific Grand Avenue Festival, we are moving our November meeting to Saturday, Nov. 21. Same time, same place.

ADJOURNMENT

May meeting cancelled

just say no to meetings

You heard that right: DVC is taking a well-earned month off from meeting, so you’ll have to find other great ways to spend Saturday, May 10. But we have confidence in you.

See you all next month, on Saturday, June 14. We’ll be well rested, so come on out with your hardest questions!

Enjoy May!

Statement on Arizona Senate Bill 1062

DVC new logo with wordsPHOENIX, ARIZONA (20 February 2014) — Downtown Voices Coalition issued this statement regarding Arizona Senate Bill 1062 and has relayed it to Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer:

“Downtown Voices Coalition, a grassroots group of downtown Phoenix stakeholders, is troubled by the Arizona State Senate passing SB 1062, a bill that promotes discrimination against the LGBTQ community in our state.  We urge the Arizona House of Representatives to vote against its passage and we urge Governor Jan Brewer to veto it should it get to her desk.  In 2013, the City of Phoenix passed an LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinance and the ill effects that were promised to befall Phoenix should equality be law did not happen.

For Arizona state legislators and elected officials who need added reason to vote in favor of human rights, stopping this legislation makes economic sense.  In the past few years, our state has paid a huge economic price by aligning itself with discriminatory sentiments.  A vote against fairness would send an economic message to companies large and small that Arizona continues to approve of discrimination.  In that case, most companies will opt for better, both for themselves and for their employees.

Finally, we should be skeptical of vague arguments that allow for discrimination will help small business.  The businesspeople we know oppose discrimination.  There has never been a step forward in human rights that has harmed those businesses.  Making available to everyone all of the bus seats, and all of the lunch counters, and all of the hotel rooms has always aided business.  Claims to the contrary are nothing but a disturbing nostalgia for a biased past.”

Media Contact: Tim Eigo, Chair / Steering Committee (tim.eigo@downtownvoices.org)

An evening of “Urban Is” with Vital Voices

Vital Voices Urban eventConsider coming to support Vital Voices as we explore “Urban is” with Bboy House at the Cyphers Center for Urban Arts, Thursday, August 15.  The Herberger Institute’s Socially Engaged Practice is teaming up with Project Humanities this year to help design these participatory, thought-provoking evenings of community dialogue.

Events are free and refreshments are provided.

How We Rebuild Neighborhoods After Foreclosures Explored by @ThePublicSquare

Zócalo Public Square foreclosure event PhoenixWhile the foreclosure crisis is starting to ease across Arizona and the country, neighborhoods still must reckon with the damage.

In what looks to be a great program, Zócalo Public Square and Arizona State University host an event on Monday, February 11, at the Heard Museum. The 6:30 pm event brings together a talented panel:

  • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis economist William R. Emmons
  • Arizona State University geographer Deirdre Pfeiffer
  • Mortgage Resolution Partners CEO Graham Williams

The moderator will be Fernanda Santos, Phoenix Bureau Chief for the New York Times.

More information is here.

Zocalo Public Square February 11 event Foreclosures LOGO

Shade, Trees, Sustainability the Focus of Feb. 12 Event

Ed Lebow talk Following the Water and Other TalksMark your calendar: Next Tuesday, Feb. 12, Phoenix Public Art Director Ed Lebow speaks on “Following the Water: The History of Change in the Valley Landscape.”

Where/When: Burton Barr Central Library, 7-8 pm.

Bill of Rights Monument Dedicated in Phoenix, Supported by DVC

9th Amendment monolith, one of 10 limestone carvings commemorating the Bill of Rights, located in Wesley Bolin Plaza, Phoenix, Ariz.  (photo: Jim McPherson)

9th Amendment monolith, one of 10 limestone carvings commemorating the Bill of Rights, located in Wesley Bolin Plaza, Phoenix, Ariz. (photo: Jim McPherson)

Here’s a great shot by Jim McPherson of one of the 10 monuments to the Bill of Rights, dedicated in December in the Wesley Bolin Plaza in Phoenix.

Downtown Voices Coalition is proud to have been an early supporter of this project, the first in the nation. Read more about this accomplishment (and see more photos) here.

First of new downtown signs hits Phoenix

[Source: Lynn Ducey, Phoenix Business Journal]

The first sign in downtown Phoenix’s new Legends Entertainment District went up quietly this past weekend.

A rendering of digital signs planned for the Legends Entertainment District in downtown Phoenix. Provided by Phoenix Suns.

Judd Norris, the district’s general manager, said the sign was a test-run as part of the district’s efforts that will ramp up before Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game takes place at Chase Field on July 12.

The sign advertises Chevrolet and is a small static billboard on the western side of the Jefferson Street parking garage near the stadium.

The goal of the installation was to make sure all the correct processes are in place, as larger, electric LED billboards are set to be installed over the coming weeks, Norris said.

The Legends Entertainment District is aimed at illuminating and energizing the Jefferson Street corridor surrounding both Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and U.S. Airways Center, home of the Phoenix Suns.

“You will really see this whole area come to life,” said Rick Welts, president and COO of the Phoenix Suns.

In addition, APS has announced its participation in the Legends Entertainment District, and will be among firms advertising on the multi-story, LED billboards and giant-sized kiosks.

“Our company is a very big part of downtown. We really view this as a way to communicate with our customers and educate our customers,” said Don Brandt, CEO of APS.

While the outreach effort is still being developed, Brandt said APS’ presence in the district will include information about energy efficiency and renewable energy options available to customers.

In addition to APS, Fox Sports Arizona is among those who will advertise in the district. The network carries both Diamondbacks and Suns games.

Brandt, Welts and Norris were among a host of city leaders and executives to attend the Downtown Phoenix Partnership Board of Directors meeting Monday. Derrick Hall, president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, was also among leaders to attend the meeting.

Downtown Phoenix’s Historic Post Office to be home of ASU Student Center

[Source:  Jack Fitzpatrick, Downtown Devil.com]

Post office renovations to create student space

ASU is seeking students’ opinions on the $4.9 million renovation of a new campus space in downtown Phoenix’s historic U.S. Federal Post Office building.

ASU students and staff members discussed what should be done with the ASU-owned area of the post office at a meeting Friday with Holly Street Studio, the local architecture firm that will renovate the building. (Kristin Fankhauser/DD)

ASU students and staff members discussed what should be done with the ASU-owned area of the post office at a meeting Friday with Holly Street Studio, the local architecture firm that will renovate the building. (Kristin Fankhauser/DD)

The upcoming renovation will utilize a first-floor portion of the late 1930′s building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Because of the building’s historic status, many of its characteristics must stay true to their original nature.

ASU students and staff members discussed what should be done with the area at a meeting Friday with Holly Street Studio, the local architecture firm that will renovate the building.

The meeting included group discussions about students’ wants and needs, a tour of the space that will be renovated and a presentation of building blueprints by the architects.

Public policy and public service sophomore Marcus Jones, the student representative for the renovation project, said that despite the challenges of keeping the building true to its history, it will be possible to make the area functional for students’ needs.

“It needs to be to-date, but still incorporate historic concepts — (that) is what makes it the challenge, but I know it’s doable,” Jones said.

The goal for the area is to create a gathering center for students. Lockers, computers, a convenience store, a strong Wi-Fi connection and more space for student organizations were among the needs mentioned by students during a group discussion period. Students also discussed adding larger windows to open up the view to the nearby Civic Space Park.

Openness to the surrounding community and historic preservation were also prevalent topics in the meeting.

Dean of Student Affairs Georgeana Montoya mentioned the possibility of local transients using the space, especially if lockers are available, and brought up the possibility of making the area only accessible to ASU students. The building, however, would still function as a public post office.

ASU architect senior Patricia Olson mentioned dozens of “character-defining features” that legally have to be kept intact, including the four large skylights in the student area, the intricate accentuation at the entrances and the original murals, which represent a national trend of federally commissioned art during the Great Depression.

Olson said maintaining the historic accuracy of the building would contribute to students’ sense of community.

“History gives a sense of a tie to a larger social urban fabric,” Olson said. “Being in a building with this history … gives students a connection to their community.”

Jones agreed that ASU’s involvement in a historic building contributes to the goals of an urban campus.

“The historic feel sets us apart from everywhere else,” Jones said. “It does bring us that sense of community. We are the downtown community. That’s what sets us apart.”

All of the money used to renovate the building will come from a facilities fee, which has not yet been levied on students but was passed by ASASUD, ASASUD Vice President Jessica Abercrombie said.

Students are invited to attend another meeting on Friday, April 22, when the architects will present some initial concepts for the space.

Construction is roughly estimated to start October 2011 and end May 2012, although Montoya said various obstacles would likely push that deadline back to fall 2012.

Contact the reporter at john.l.fitzpatrick@asu.edu

Correction: April 11

An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated Marcus Jones was a journalism major and that the portion of the post office that will be renovated was owned by ASU. Jones is a public policy and public service major and the building is owned by the City of Phoenix.

Standard & Poor’s Drops Downtown Phoenix Hotel Corp Bond Rating and Outlook

[Source: Alacra Store abstract]

On March 24, 2011, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services lowered its rating on the Downtown Phoenix Hotel Corp.’s hotel net revenue bonds series 2005 A to ‘BB+’ from ‘BBB-‘ and revised the outlook to stable from negative. The project used the debt to build a 1,000-room convention center headquarters hotel in downtown Phoenix.

The hotel opened in late September 2008 and is operating under a Sheraton Corp. flag. The project completed construction on time and within budget and closed out the construction contracts in 2010. The rating action reflects a slower-than-expected ramp-up over the past two years caused by the recession’s impact on downtown Phoenix’s hospitality sector.

Also see: Moody’s slashes bond rating for Downtown Phoenix Hotel Corp. (December 23, 2010)