Category Archives: Downtown Vitality

Join us at Downtown Voices Coalition on Sat., June 9

11217543_967925623267356_8205250345803192228_nJoin us on Saturday, June 9, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Avenue, for the next Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting.

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS ~ Jeff Sherman, Chair

  • Thanks to Tim Eigo and Steve Dreiseszun; welcome Andie Abkarian
  • Congratulations to the 2018 Governor’s Heritage Preservation Award winners from Phoenix (FAA Flight Path Neighborhood Advocacy, The Van Buren revitalization, Uptown Plaza revitalization)

DEVELOPMENTS

  • Proposed Hines Development project (10/10 minutes) ~ Nick Wood, Snell & Wilmer
  • True North 1st/2nd St. alley abandonment (5/5 minutes) ~ Nick Wood, Snell & Wilmer
  • Fore Properties 2nd/3rd Ave. alley abandonment (10/10 minutes) ~ Manjula Vaz, Gammage & Burnham
  • Central & Adams RFP (5 minutes)
  • Other

ADVOCACY ISSUES (CITY)

  • Complete Streets Design Guidelines (5 minutes)
  • Electronic Billboards/Union Pacific 7th St. request (5 minutes)
  • 3rd Street Improvement Project (5 minutes)
  • Hance Park Design feedback (10 minutes)
  • Downtown Phoenix Community Reinvestment Fund 2018-19 requests (10 minutes)
  • Other

ADVOCACY ISSUES (STATE)

  • State legislative recap (5 minutes) ~ Ryan Boyd
  • Ideas for proactive advocacy for 2019 session (10 minutes) ~ Ryan Boyd

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  • Go around the room to hear of any big events coming up this month (10 minutes)

NEW BUSINESS

  • Strong Town event, August 8, 2018 (5 minutes) ~ Jeff Sherman
  • Mayoral Debate planning in progress (5 minutes) ~Jeff Sherman
  • No DVC public meeting in July (5 minutes) ~ Jeff Sherman
  • Other

ADJOURNMENT

 

Note: For the latest 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/

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You are invited to a 5/31 open house to discuss street improvements along 3rd St.

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Downtown and Midtown neighbors, businesses, and friends are encouraged to attend a public open house about proposed improvements to 3rd Street on Thursday, May 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. Here are the details:

Project Overview​ (from City of Phoenix website)​

This project is aimed at improving traffic circulation and mobility for pedestrians and bicyclists on Third Street between Indian School Road and Garfield Street. The roadway modifications contained in the conceptual plan for Third Street include:

  • reducing the number of travel lanes
  • adding bicycle lanes on both sides of the street
  • landscape enhancements
  • street lighting upgrades
  • sidewalk and ADA improvements
  • safer street crossings for pedestrians

This project was initiated from the Third Street Promenade Study, Reinvent Phoenix Mid-Town transit district planning, community feedback and the Downtown Phoenix Comprehensive Transportation Study (DPCTS). The DPCTS was undertaken to identify and evaluate potential roadway, transit, bicycle, pedestrian, and parking improvements associated with Phoenix’s downtown street and transportation system. The recommendations from the DPCTS resulted from studying a variety of transportation-related elements in the city’s core, interviews with stakeholders, and meetings with community focus groups.

3rd Street Design Renderings

Tentative Project Schedule

Recommended Concept – (January-February 2016)
Final Design – 2018 – 2019
Construction – Fall 2019

Public Input Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in making our city streets safer and more livable. Your questions and comments are valued as part of the public involvement process for this project. Opportunities for public involvement will be posted on this webpage as they become available.

Public Meeting
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Phoenix Center for the Arts 1202 N. Third St.

The city of Phoenix Street Transportation Department is hosting this open house meeting to share the latest on the design plans for the 3rd Street Improvement Project and obtain feedback from residents, commuters and​ ​business owners.

This project is currently in the 30 percent complete design phase and construction is projected to start fall 2019. Additional opportunities for public input will follow once design plans are 60 percent complete. The information presented at this open house will be made available on this project webpage following the meeting.

Project Contact
Albert Granillo – Public Information Coordinator
623-825-3444
agranillo@gciaz.com

Rendering - 3rd Street

Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee Meeting, May 12

11217543_967925623267356_8205250345803192228_nJoin us for the next Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting on Saturday, May 12, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Avenue.

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS (Tim Eigo)
• Nominating Committee
• Election of Officers

DEVELOPMENT MATTERS
• Central & Adams RFP (Terry McAvoy)
• Ellis Building (FYI: For sale)
• Unsolicited Development Proposal (FYI: Hines/Snell & Wilmer would like to attend June meeting)
• Renaissance Square Signage/Lighting (Doug Newton)
• 814 N. 5th Ave. update (Xandon Keating)
• Knipe House & 218 E. Portland vintage duplex (Nate Sonoskey)
• Downtown/Evans Churchill/APS Substation (FYI: see handout)
• Las Palmas Inn project (FYI: variance requests approved with a few stipulations)
• Other

ISSUES & ADVOCACY – CITY
• HUD Formula Grant Funding for Neighborhoods (Andie Abkarian)
• Budget Hearing Recap/Next Steps
• Complete Streets Design Guidelines
• Tree and Shade Master Plan
• FAA Flight Path Changes (Steve Dreiseszun)
• Homelessness (Craig Tribken)

ISSUES & ADVOCACY – STATE LEGISLATURE (Ryan Boyd)
• SB1387 – home-based businesses
• SB1014 – partial fix for problem of calling for a 3/4th Council vote on a rezoning issue
• SB1147 – allowing counties to call for an excise tax vote for transportation
• SB1465 – regulating sober living homes
• HB2126 – tightening future language on slum and blight for GPLETs
• HB2371 – food truck licensing statewide
• Thanks to Rep Alston and Clark for trying to get money for Housing Trust Fund to address affordable housing

UPCOMING COMMUNITY/CIVIC EVENTS
• Urban Wine & Jazz Walk, various downtown locations, May 12
• Hance Park Design Ideas, Irish Cultural Center, May 21
• ArtPrize Artist Pitch Night, FOUND:RE Hotel, May 22
• Other Events ~ dtphx.org/calendar, phoenixurbanguide.com/calendar
• Other Meetings ~ downtownvoices.org/calendar

NEW BUSINESS

ADJOURNMENT

Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee Meeting, April 14

11217543_967925623267356_8205250345803192228_nJoin us for the next Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting on Saturday, April 14, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Avenue.

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS (Tim Eigo)

  1. Nominating Committee for officer elections at May meeting

DEVELOPMENT MATTERS

  1. Las Palmas Inn Adaptive Reuse Project (Gene Kornota, Rebel Hospitality)
  2. American Legion Post #1 (read Bob Graham’s blog post)
  3. Golden Rule Tattoo request for Text Amendment
  4. ASU Biomedical Campus Master Plan Update
  5. Knipe House grant request (4/14 HP Commission Meeting)
  6. Unsolicited Development Proposal (Hines proposal)
  7. Renaissance Square Signage/lighting (and elsewhere?)
  8. South Central Light Rail Extension (4/26 Public Meeting)
  9. Phoenix Country Club parking lot swap for 15-story condo (4/19 Whitton Neighborhood meeting)

ISSUES & ADVOCACY 

  1. City
    1. Budget Hearings
    2. Downtown Community Reinvestment Fund
    3. Complete Streets Design Guidelines
    4. Tree and Shade Master Plan
    5. Street Pavement Cut Policy
    6. FAA Flight Path Changes
    7. Homelessness
  1. State Legislature (Ryan Boyd)
    1. SB1387 –home-based businesses
    2. SB1014 – partial fix for problem of calling for a 3/4th Council vote on a rezoning issue
    3. SB1147 – allowing counties to call for an excise tax vote for transportation
    4. SB1465 – regulating sober living homes
    5. HB2126 – tightening future language on slum and blight for GPLETs
    6. HB2371 – food truck licensing statewide

UPCOMING COMMUNITY/CIVIC EVENTS

  1. 2018 Mayor’s Arts Awards, nominations due May 4
  2. ArtPrize Phoenix Pitch Night Competition, artist submissions due May 4
  3. Pinewood Classic and Pinewood Classic Jr., Short Leash Hot Dogs, April 21
  4. CultivEAT, Growhouse at the Knipe House, April 28
  5. Urban Wine & Jazz Walk, various downtown locations, May 12
  6. ArtPrize Artist Pitch Night, FOUND:RE Hotel, May 22
  7. Other

 

(Note: For downtown events and activities, visit Phoenix Urban Guide and Downtown Phoenix Inc.’s Events Calendar. For a list of community, neighborhood, and city hall meetings, visit Downtown Voices Coalition’s Downtown Phoenix Advocacy Calendar.)

NEW BUSINESS

ADJOURNMENT

DVC supports improvements to Phoenix tree-related ordinances

April 2018 Community Budget Hearings

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Phoenix wants your feedback Participate in the 2018-19 Budget process, Attend one of 15 Community Budget Hearings between now and April 17, 2018 and make your voice heard:

Countdown to discussion on equitable mobility with Gil Penalosa, April 7

Phoenix Urban Design Week 2018

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Phoenix Urban Design Week convenes and engages Phoenicians in making the future of our city. The design of our rules, our built environment, and our culture are essential ingredients of economic growth, sustainability, and community empowerment. We are collaborating to design and build a city we all want to live in. Join us!

Here is a snapshot of the fun PHXUDW panels in the main gallery of monOrchid on Friday, March 16 as part of Art Detour. Free (no cost) to attend:

  • 2:30pm Rising Stars
  • 3:30pm Rad Real Estate Developers
  • 4:30pm Networking Reception
  • 5:30pm Phoenix/Mexico City Arts & Culture Exchange

Panelists…

  • Rising Stars: Nicole Pasteur, Lauren Henschen, Estrella Payton, Connor Descheemaker
  • Rad Real Estate Developers: Cindy Dach, Celine Rille, Ashley Harder, Chuckie Duff, Charlie Levy
  • Phoenix/Mexico City Arts & Culture Exchange: Rodrigo Cervantes, Janielle Penn, Wayne Rainey, Pete Deise, Dorina Bustamante

Link to the full schedule

It’s Art Detour Week!

March 10 is our next Downtown Voices meeting. Join us.

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Join us for the next Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting on Saturday, March 10, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Avenue.

  1. WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS (Tim Eigo)
  2. GUEST SPEAKERS
    1. Japanese Friendship Garden Update (Reiko Reavis and Kathy Nakagawa)
    2. Capitol I-10 Project Update (Jennifer Pyne and Julie Cruz Gilfillan)
  3. DEVELOPMENT MATTERS
    1. Molly Neal House (formerly Way Cool) ~ Demolished
    2. 200 W. Monroe Project Proposal ~ DVC letter sent; GPLET granted
    3. Arizona State Fairgrounds Charrette ~ Going on today and finishing up tomorrow
    4. The Churchill ~ Storage containers going in
    5. 5th & 6th Street in Evans Churchill ~ Restaurants/Shops opened in Flowers Building
    6. Thunderbird move to Downtown (Rick Naimark and Eric Johnson)
    7. Beth Hebrew Synagogue at 333 E. Portland (March 19 HP Commission rezoning to DTC East Evans Churchill HP)
    8. American Legion Post #1 (HP Commission has recommended National Register designation)
    9. Other
  4. ISSUES & ADVOCACY
    1. City of Phoenix Budget Process; DVC Priorities? (Ryan Boyd)
    2. APS Substation Placement (last community meeting is March 15, 4 pm, Virginia Piper Auditorium)
    3. Tree & Shade Master Plan (Sean Sweat)
    4. High-rise Illuminated Signs (Doug Newton)
    5. FAA Flight Path Changes (Steve Dreiseszun)
    6. State Legislative Update (Ryan Boyd)
    7. Other
  5. UPCOMING COMMUNITY/CIVIC EVENTS
    1. Sunday Off Central, March 11, Midtown (10 am to 3 pm)
    2. PHX DNA Meeting, March 13, 111 E. Taylor (5:30 pm to 7:30 pm)
    3. Phoenix Urban Design Week (Dorina Bustamante)
    4. Art Detour 2018 (Catrina Kahler)
    5. Modern Phoenix Week
    6. Other
  6. NEW BUSINESS
    1. Election of Officers (Tim Eigo)
  7. ADJOURNMENT