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Phoenix Historic Neighborhood Coalition Meeting TONIGHT


Thursday  November 18, 2010  7 pm

Phx Elem School Dist. #1  Emerson Court  1817 N 7th Street

THIS MONTH ONLY IN PDC (B) ROOM @ SEC of complex (Same parking lot off Palm Lane)

  1. Call to Order/Sign in/Introductions (please mute cell phones – thx!)
  2. HP office/HP commission updates
  3. Outreach to other historic districts
  4. FQ Story home tour Sun. Dec. 5, 11-5  – PHNC table with maps/sign up sheets
  5. Position paper for Coalition against future SB1166-type bills
  6. Letterhead/PO Box/website/map mailings
  7. 501[c] 3 non-profit status – apply?
  8. Upcoming events/dates to remember/announcements/future business
    a.  Sikh Ashram follow-up
    b.  Sunnyslope home tour Sat. 11/20 9am (
    c.  Central United Methodist Church’s 140th anniv. 11/21 (tour was 11/13?)
    d.  Encanto Park’s 75th anniversary celebration (Sat. 11/27 10 am/ festivities and evening fundraising Gala details at
    e.  Tovrea Castle book by John Jacquemart and Donna Reiner out soon!



PHNC Officers:


enDangered Dozen press release: (& map on Google)


Need Help Rehabing your Historic Home?

The city of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office is now accepting applications for its Exterior Rehabilitation Assistance Program.

The grant application deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010.

Photo Credit: Nick Basteien on Flickr

The program makes monies available to private property owners to complete exterior rehabilitation, repair or restoration work on historic homes continuing to serve a residential purpose. Owners of historic homes that are either in city-designated historic districts or are individually listed on the city’s historic property register are eligible to apply. The program funds critical structural stabilization, repair and rehabilitation of historic exterior features such as roofs, exterior walls, porches and windows.

The program reimburses owners on a 50/50 matching basis for pre-approved work with grant funding between $2,000 and $10,000 per project. In exchange for receiving financial assistance, the property owner agrees to sell the city a conservation easement to protect the historic character of the property’s exteriors..

The goal of the Exterior Rehabilitation Program is to promote the preservation of historic buildings through proper rehabilitation. A successful rehabilitation is one that retains, preserves and protects as much of the original historic fabric as possible. It also preserves the original character-defining architectural elements of a particular building.

For more information or to download an application, click here or call 602-261-8699. Application packages are available at the city’s Historic Preservation Office, 200 W. Washington St., 17th floor.

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Downtown Phoenix Journal Recap (2/4/10)

[Source: Si Robins, Downtown Phoenix Journal] — Researching my ongoing blog series, From the Arizona Room, takes a solid chunk of time, but the payoff is twofold — I’m helping to educate neighbors and visitors alike about historic structures littered throughout Downtown’s landscape, and I’m gaining an unwavering appreciation for carefully conducted historic reuse projects.  It’s really baffling how many historic structures there are throughout the grid, though most could be given some TLC and a dab of nice landscaping out front.  I bring this up as DPJ debuts Lyle Plocher’s weekly Downtown real estate blog, City Dwelling.  Yes, Lyle is a real estate agent who lives, works, and plays Downtown.  But, he also has an undeniable knack for spotting and scouting properties all of our readers would be interested in. Whether it’s a modern high rise or a historic bungalow in Garfield, City Dwelling highlights some of the Valley’s truly unique architecture, and that’s something that is often overlooked.  As you journey about this week, I urge you to take a moment to appreciate some of the great structures in our city. They’re part of our character, they’re part of our skyline and they’re part of what makes our city great.

In Phoenix, an answer for chain stores and recessions

Gina Madrid, Drip Coffee Lounge

[Source: Tye Cameron, The Zonie Report] — A middle-aged man walked in just after Drip Coffee Lounge opened at 7:30 a.m.  His drink, a small double-shot café americano latte with organic low-fat milk, was already being made for him by the owner herself, Gina Madrid.  They chat briefly in a vernacular that exclusively exists between barista and regular before the local man pays in exact change and walks out.  It was just the beginning of another successful day for the Downtown Phoenix small business model.  “One of the reasons why I opened Drip was because […at chain eateries] you walk away and you feel… ill,” Madrid says as she adjusted the volume on the iPod speakers. Her independently owned cafe has a modern architectural design, and business cards of local artists and entrepreneurs line the front counter.  “When you are providing something good for yourself, that in turn spills over to the people next to you, and so on.”

Independently owned small businesses in the Downtown Phoenix historic districts have thrived in the face of an influx of corporate chains to the city because of their adaptability and willingness to work together. “When you drive down the street, you’re gonna see the Applebee’s, but you’re not gonna see the Stinkweeds right across the street, or know what it is,” says Kimber Lanning, owner of both Stinkweeds Records on Camelback Road at Central Avenue and Modified Arts, a popular music venue and art gallery on Fifth and Roosevelt streets.  Lacking the financial clout of a large corporation, local entrepreneurs say they rely on adaptable business models to contend in the Phoenix economy.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Among America’s most overpriced ZIP codes… Phoenix’s 85006!

Coming in at #7 on the list of “America’s Most Overpriced ZIP Codes” is, drum-roll please, 85006 in Phoenix, AZ. That would be the Coronado historic district in the heart of Phoenix. Surprised?  Well, according to, in neighborhoods like Coronado, buyers are willing to pay premiums for a landmarked or historically designated home.  Those looking for a Spanish Colonial or Tudor-style property near the city pay up to live here.  It’s purchase-to-rent spread is 27.1.