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DVC December 13, 2014 Meeting Agenda

C604RWHo Ho Ho Friends of Downtown Voices Coalition:

Time once again for DVC’s monthly Steering Committee Meeting. Please join us on Saturday, December 13, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Avenue. This is the group’s annual holiday mixer, so we’ll try to keep business “short and sweet.” And you’re welcome to bring a holiday treat for all to enjoy.

As Santa would want, take a peek at Saturday’s DVC agenda. Who’s been naughty and who’s been nice since we last met? New items are highlighted in red. The “other” bullet points allow for new/other/just-came-up items to be discussed under each section.

Welcome & Introductions

DVC Business

  • Proposed 2014 Recap of Issues & Actions (Tim Eigo)
  • Treasurer’s Report (Louisa Stark)

Today’s Guest Speaker

  • Jonathan Koppell, Dean, ASU College of Public Programs; Lattie & Elva Coor Presidential Chair, ASU School of Public Affairs

Development Updates

  • Jefferson Hotel/Barrister Place (Mark Davis)
  • Containers on Grand (Kathleen Santin)
  • Other

Community/Neighborhood Updates

  • City Observatory Report on High Poverty Neighborhoods
  • Central Arizona Shelter Services Overflow (Capitol Mall)
  • Airport Flight Pattern Changes (various downtown neighborhoods)
  • State Fairgrounds (Fairview Place)
  • Status of Ted DeGrazia Murals, 222 E. Roosevelt (Evans Churchill)
  • Hance Park (Evans Churchill)
  • Other

Transportation/Streetscape Updates

  • City of Phoenix Ordinance Review re trees, trees, trees
  • Transit Open Data Release
  • Other

New/Other Business

  • PlanPHX “next steps”
  • Other

Adjournment… to holiday mixer

At any time you’re welcome to check out our Downtown Phoenix Community Calendar, online here. If you know of events to add to the calendar, please send us an email.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday! Thanks for all that you do for our community. Happy Holidays!

Tim Eigo

Chair, Steering Committee

Downtown Voices Coalition

Capitol Mall’s Mining & Mineral Museum to get makeover

Governor Jan Brewer announced that in celebration of Arizona’s 100th anniversary of statehood, an Arizona Centennial Museum will be created.   In a ceremony at the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum in the Capitol Mall area of downtown Phoenix, the governor presented her vision and plans that will be instituted over the course of the next two years to transform the museum into the Arizona Centennial Museum.  The museum’s exhibits will be devoted to showcasing Arizona’s economic growth and industrial development. 

“This new Centennial Museum will be a vibrant, interactive facility, offering state-of-the-art technology and exhibits unlike any in Arizona,” said Governor Brewer. “This facility will feature educational profiles of each industry, showcasing the rich heritage of Arizona’s economy and providing a vision of its brilliant future.”  [Note: Read the full article at Capitol Mall’s Mining & Mineral Museum to get makeover.]

Prop. 207 making it tougher for Phoenix to save this historic house

Jessie Trujillo's home was built in 1901 and placed on the Phoenix historic register in 2007. (Photo credit: Bill Coates)

[Source: Bill Coates, Arizona Capitol Times] — This William Grier House, built in 1901, could be among the last of its kind in Phoenix – a “unique example of colonial-revival style,” according the Phoenix Historic Preservation Office.  It could be the last of its kind in another way as well. It was placed on the city’s register of historic properties in November 2007.  No homes have been listed since.

It comes down to 2006’s Prop. 207, officials say.  “Right now, with Prop. 207, our whole approach has been to do nothing,” says Kevin Weight, a city historic preservation planner.

The voter-approved initiative bars state and local governments from classifying or rezoning property in a way that would decrease its value – without compensation.  An historic designation can be a roadblock to development plans..  Eighty-one-year-old Jessie Trujillo, though, wants to spare her own home from future development and preserve it for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She moved into the Grier House near the Capitol on West Adams Street in 1967, more than six decades after it was built.  “I guess I always loved old houses,” Trujillo said one morning while seated in her living room on an antique-looking couch that’s well-suited for a 108-year-old house.[Note: To read the full article, visit Prop. 207 making it tougher for Phoenix to save this histoic house.]

Poor economy affecting Phoenix homeless shelter

In this Cronkite News Service report, the poor economy is leading many people to local homeless shelters.

Capitol Mall Association to hold Dec. 10 community forum on neighborhood safety

[Source: Shannon Dubasik, Capitol Mall Association] — The Capitol Mall Association will host a community forum concerning the significant influx of sex offenders and prisoners being released into the neighborhoods on the near west side of downtown Phoenix.  Invited are city officials and staff, County Supervisors, state legislators, the Arizona Department of Corrections and other related state agencies, social service providers, business owners, and residents.

  • Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2008
  • Time: 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Place: University Park (northwest corner of 10th Avenue & Van Buren)

For more information or if you have questions, contact Shannon Dubasik at 602-340-0745 or e-mail.

Arizona’s mining museum visited by 23,000-plus school kids each year

Arizona is the number one mining state in the country.  The Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum, located in downtown Phoenix’s Capitol Mall area, has over 3,000 minerals, rocks, fossils, and mining artifacts on display. Over 23,000 school children visit the museum each year.  During their visit they are taught how the various minerals play a role in our daily life, In this know99 television segment, some of the school children who recently visited the museum share their thoughts.

Revisions nearly done to Wesley Bolin Plaza’s Sept. 11 memorial

[Source: Associated Press] — Revisions to Arizona’s controversial Sept. 11 memorial are almost finished, nearly two years after the structure was first dedicated.  Memorial supporters hope the changes put to rest controversy about the memorial since it was unveiled at the state Capitol in downtown Phoenix on Sept. 11, 2006, the 5-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.

Among the changes made to the memorial include removing a pair of inscriptions referencing an “erroneous U.S. air strike” in Afghanistan and Osama bin Laden’s address to the American people.  Two less contentious inscriptions have taken their place, and a large plaque with a series of explanatory panels has been installed along the walkway leading to the memorial.

Architects pitch makeover for Arizona Capitol complex

[Source: Associated Press] — Parts of the Arizona Capitol complex and surrounding parts of Phoenix would get a makeover in the years leading up to the state’s centennial in 2012, with bigger changes envisioned in the eight years after that.  There’s no cost estimate yet but the architects working as volunteers told the Legislative Governmental Mall Commission that private and public funding probably would be needed, along with cooperation from the city, area landowners, and the state government itself.  “We hope this is a nonpartisan, totally universal thing that is right up there with apple pie and grandma,” Phoenix architect Will Bruder said Friday.

Projects proposed for completion before the February 2012 centennial include:

  • promoting part of Washington Street as “Centennial Boulevard”
  • erecting new shade ramadas and steps to upgrade the usability of the Old Capitol
  • livening up the Executive Tower’s exterior
  • adding new rail service between the Capitol and other parts of downtown
  • designating Washington Street as the city’s main parade route (as Central Avenue’s use for light rail eclipsed that role)

Longer-range ideas call for:

  • designing new and remodeling existing state buildings
  • creating extensive commercial and residential development between downtown Phoenix and the State Capitol

Tom Smith, a former legislator who serves as chairman of the mall commission, pressed the architects for commitments that they would stick with the project.  Previous proposals to rework the Capitol complex have largely not been implemented, Smith noted.

Key components of the various projects will include promoting renewable energy, increasing the livability of the Capitol area, and celebrating all parts of the state, not just Phoenix, said Bruder and landscape architect Michael Dollin.  The Capitol area needs to be changed from a “collection of buildings” to a unified area centered on Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, which could serve as a central gathering spot for outdoor events and gatherings, Dollin said.  “It’s really the state’s premier park in an urban setting,” Dollin said.  “We feel it should be the premier living room in the state.”

ASU College of Design dean leaving for Chicago

[Source: Arizona State University] — Wellington “Duke” Reiter, Dean of the ASU College Of Design, is leaving in August to become the President of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Dean Reiter was instrumental in creating ASU’s Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory in downtown Phoenix and spearheaded a planning effort by College of Design architects and urban planners to revitalize Phoenix’s Capitol Mall.  For more information, click here.

Wandering around Phoenix’s Capitol Mall

In November 2006, a team of ASU College of Design architects and urban planners presented the Capitol Mall Centennial Plan to the Legislative Governmental Mall Commission.  The plan makes key infrastructure and landscape recommendations directed toward the goal of revitalizing the Capitol Mall District as Arizona prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2012.  The Legislative Governmental Mall Commission formed a subcommittee to review the proposals put forth in the master plan and develop ways for the plan to go forward.  Now, noted Arizona architect Will Bruder has pulled together a team to examine the area as prime for “green,” sustainable development.

This slideshow gives you a peek at the historic and vintage buildings and sites in the Capitol Mall area.  In the very recent past, despite significant community outcry, one significant local landmark, Madison Square Garden, was demolished.