Category Archives: Neighborhoods
This comes to us from the Midtown Museum District:
Land Use Proposal at 3550 N Central Ave (between Walgreens and Alexi’s) Z-39-13-4 This is a large residential and commercial project proposed for the site. It extends from Central to 2nd Avenue.
This comes before the Encanto Village Planning Committee on Monday November 4 at 6:15pm at the Phoenix College Willo Conference Room, Flower & 11th Ave. This room is not easy to find. It is at the NW corner of Flower and 11th Ave, the first walkway at the south end of the complex.
With development activity picking up, it’s good to make your voice heard in the process.
Earlier today, the City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department announced their recommendation for the Hance Park Master Plan RFQ (Request for Qualifications). The four finalist firms were Weddle & Gilmore (from Scottsdale), Stoss Landscape Urbanism (Boston, Mass.), Gould Evans (Phoenix), and West 8 Urban Design (Rotterdam, Netherlands). The recommendation went to Weddle & Gilmore, having scored the most points on the City’s scoring criteria.
Joining Weddle & Gilmore are the following firms with expertise in various areas:
- !melk (landscape architecture) – New York, N.Y.
- Floor Associates (landscape architecture) – Phoenix, Ariz.
- HR&A Advisors (development advisory) – New York, N.Y.
- ETM Associates (public space design) – Highland Park, N.J.
- City Activators Inc. – New York, N.Y.
- Rider Levett Bucknall (construction project management) – global
- Pentagram (visual design) – London / New York, N.Y.
- Kimber Lanning (Local First Arizona) – Phoenix, Ariz.
- Public Workshop (youth involvement in urban design) – Philadelphia, Penn.
- David Evans & Associates (land development design) – Portland, Ore.
- Buro Happold (environmental engineering) – Bath, England, U.K.
- IAS Labs (soil analysis) – Tempe, Ariz.
- Artistic Arborist (tree management) – Phoenix, Ariz.
- RAMM (geotechnical engineering) – Tempe, Ariz.
We look forward to working with Weddle & Gilmore as well as these other organizations to make Hance Park a world-class park.
- 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.
[Source: Greg Stanton, Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona Republic, January 4, 2012] – To be a successful and competitive city, we cannot ignore our past accomplishments. We must value our past and build on it. This principle is true in business, government, and culture, especially preservation of our architectural heritage. Our architectural history is a necessary part of Phoenix’s future economic development, but our record is mixed, some successes and some disappointments. It is time for Phoenix to revisit and improve its policy on historic preservation.
Countless studies have demonstrated that historic preservation is an economic engine. It costs less to reuse old buildings than to construct new ones. A recent analysis that examined Phoenix and other cities also showed conclusively that reusing old buildings is in almost every case environmentally sounder than new construction. Preserving old buildings creates a sense of place that is key to attracting and keeping talented employees and creative businesses. On every level, historic preservation significantly benefits a community.
Phoenix recently dodged a historic preservation bullet. One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most significant buildings – the David and Gladys Wright House – was threatened with demolition. For months, many volunteers worked to save the building.
These are the unsung heroes who labored behind the scenes to save the house: an anonymous donor to whom we all are grateful, Larry Woodin and Janet Halstead of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, Grady Gammage Jr., Will Bruder, Taz Loomans, Jim McPherson, Scott and Debbie Jarson, Alison King, Frank Henry, Roger Brevoort, Christina Noble, Colin Slais, Jennifer Boucek, Michelle Dodds of the Phoenix Office of Historic Preservation, Robert Joffe, and many others too numerous to list.
Preservation of the David Wright House is a victory for Phoenix, our state, and even globally. The effort has taught a sobering lesson: Phoenix’s approach to historic preservation, which has served us well for three decades, is not always adequate to accomplish our goals. We need to build on our past and improve our approach. Phoenix is maturing as a city, so we have an increasing number of historically significant buildings. Our current historic preservation tools sometimes are not up to the task.
It is time to begin a community conversation to reevaluate our priorities, policies, and procedures so we can be more effective in historic preservation and at the same time respect private property rights.
Phoenix has a proud history of building consensus through compromise. With thoughtful and respectful discussion, we can develop new policies that are right for Phoenix.
Beginning in the new year, I will assemble a team of skilled people to begin tackling this problem in an open process that will involve the entire community. With improved historic preservation policies, Phoenix’s best days are ahead.