Category Archives: Affordable Housing

DVC’s June 8 meeting is coming up. Join us.

Join us for the next Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting on Saturday, June 8, 2019, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Roosevelt Commons, 825 N. 6th Avenue. Here’s the agenda:

  1. WELCOME, INTRODUCTIONS & ANNOUNCEMENTS ~ Jeff Sherman, Chair
    • Upcoming events & activities
  2. GENERAL BUSINESS (90 minutes)
    • Recap of 2019 State Legislature ~ Ryan Boyd (10 minutes)
    • Update on True North Studio projects ~ Nate Sonoskey (20/20 minutes)
    • Update on Downtown development projects and activity ~ Dan Klocke (10/10 minutes)
    • Update on illuminated sign issue ~ Doug Newton (5 minutes)
    • Other items ~ Jeff/All
  3. DVC BUSINESS (20 minutes)
    • Discuss summer meeting schedule ~ Jeff
    • Discuss DVC 15th Anniversary for 3rd/4th quarter ~ All
    • Update from Planning & Infrastructure Subcommittee ~ Kyle Foxcroft and Nate
    • Update from Homelessness & Housing Affordability Subcommittee ~ Tim Sprague
    • Update from Arts Issues Subcommittee ~ Steve Weiss and Louise Roman

ADJOURNMENT

Note: For downtown events and activities, visit Phoenix Urban Guide https://phoenixurbanguide.com/calendar/ and Downtown Phoenix Inc.’s Events Calendar http://dtphx.org/calendar/. For a list of community, neighborhood, and city hall meetings, visit DVC’s Downtown Phoenix Advocacy Calendar https://downtownvoices.org/calendar/

Central City South residents unveil “golden threads” to revitalize their neighborhood

Local residents of Central City South – young, old, and in-between – carefully thought through and developed a plan to revitalize their neighborhood. They unveiled their community engagement project, “Golden Threads,” this week. Here two young girls examine the map legend of desired buildings and amenities represented on the large-scale model before them.

Phoenix Revitalization Corp., with numerous civic and business partners, organized this project as part of the Central City South Quality of Life Plan.

Work Begins on Grand Ave’s Oasis Hotel

[Source: Benjamin Leatherman, PNT’s Jackalope Ranch]

Soon-to-Be Artist-Friendly Apartment Complex

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Photo by Benjamin Leatherman

​The old Oasis Hotel on Grand Avenue is getting a major makeover.

The permits and plans for renovation on the vacant motor lodge, at Roosevelt Street near Trunk Space and the Bikini Lounge, has been an ongoing battle for developers and architects. But work started on the lodge’s balconies last week, and plans for the currently seedy property include a hip apartment complex called Oasis on Grand.

Real estate developer Timothy Sprague (also behind Portland Place Condominiums) and his firm Habitat Metro are behind the $5 million project, which will create 60 affordable live-work spaces for artists and creative types.

Oasis on Grand will be similar, in most respects, to Holgas. Plans include a variety of studio and one-bedroom apartments that will function as both studio-galleries and living spaces. According to Sprague, the spaces will rent for $400 to $700, and more than a dozen of the ground-level apartments along Roosevelt Street can function as galleries open to the public.
“What we envision is that the artists on the bottom floor can turn their living rooms into personal studio-galleries,” he says. “I love the idea of seeing a bunch of new galleries opening along Roosevelt open every First Friday.”

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The Oasis Hotel during its days as The Caravan Inn West in the 1960s.hmdavid on Flickr

Sprague says the remodeling will take approximately six to eight months to complete, with a grand opening happening sometime in the late fall.

​The Oasis began life as the Caravan Inn West in 1960, one of the many colorful motor hotels that sprung up along Grand Avenue when the thoroughfare was the primary route for motorists to get from Phoenix to Los Angeles or Las Vegas.

It later reopened as the Oasis Hotel in 1971, but fell into serious decline over the next four decades, becoming something a seedy flophouse before closing down in 2007.

Sprague says that several “common area” spaces at the new Oasis will serve as a community-oriented studio and gallery, and there will also be tree-lined courtyard area for special events.

The adjacent Grand Corral restaurant and lounge will also be remodeled simultaneously, although it’s currently undecided whether the building will function as an eatery or bar.

Sadly, there are no plans to excavate the old swimming pool that dates back to the property’s days as the Caravan Inn West and has since became a parking lot.

“Sorry to say, the swimming pool will stay a thing of the past.”

NOTE: Tim is a member of the DVC Steering Comittee.