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Downtown Phoenix lot to stay empty

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Valley Youth Theatre, downtown Phoenix (Photo: Google Maps)

[Source: Salvador Rodriguez, ASU Web Devil] — The sandlot near Taylor Place on the Downtown campus may stay vacant for at least another year despite city attempts to attract developers, a Phoenix official said.   The city put out a request for proposals almost two years ago to develop the property, which is managed by the Valley Youth Theatre and located between First and Second streets. 

But the city did not receive any responses that fit the criteria of the request for the nearly 28,000 square feet of property and does not anticipate receiving any in the near future, Phoenix Redevelopment Program manager Jeremy Legg said.  “That site is underutilized, and we would like to see something happen there,” Legg said. “But given the economy and the lack of responses to the first request, I don’t see anything occurring in there this year for sure.”

By closing the request for proposals, the city could then reissue it with looser criteria in hopes that it would appeal to a broader audience and get more proposals, Legg said.  “Part of the reason that possibly nobody responded to it was because of the detailed criteria in [the first request for proposals],” Legg said.

Some of the criteria in the proposal included developing mixed-use facilities for residential, retail, and commercial spaces as well as conforming to the area’s aesthetics.  The proposal also asked that developers incorporate the youth theater into plans or assist in funding a new youth center.  There have also been discussions about the property becoming available to the University in the future, possibly for more student housing, should the Valley Youth Theatre relocate, said Patrick Panetta, assistant director of ASU Real Estate Development.   [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

More residents call downtown Phoenix home

Artisan Village, Roosevelt neighborhood

[Source: Justin Schmid, Special for The Republic] — Just a few years ago, downtown Phoenix turned into a ghost town after business hours.  Only baseball, hockey, or basketball could bring it to life.  And that was just for a few hours at a time before sports fans retreated back to the suburbs. But more people are making the downtown area their home.

Real-estate broker Chris Campbell of RooPho Realty doesn’t just sell homes to people hungry for city living: He bought a live/work condominium on Roosevelt Street more than three years ago, part of a vanguard of people choosing an urban lifestyle over sprawl and long commutes.

According to Jeremy Legg, an economic-development program manager for Phoenix, Campbell is among nearly 10,000 people who have moved within a 3-mile radius of Central Avenue and Washington Street since 2000.  In the past four years, developers have built or plan to build 4,500 residential units.  The numbers may not seem staggering, but they’re on par with the city’s projections.  Legg expects an additional 5,500 residential units in the next six years.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Public to view latest plans for ASU College of Nursing in downtown Phoenix, Feb. 11

Artist's rendering of latest plan for exterior of ASU College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation in downtown PhoenixThe Central City Design and Architectural Review Panel meeting will be held on Monday, February 11 in Assembly Room B at 1:30 p.m. on the first floor of Phoenix City Hall.  The revised design plan for the ASU College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation will be presented.

If you have questions, contact Jeremy Legg, Redevelopment Program Manager, City of Phoenix at 602-495-3640 or e-mailClick here for related Arizona Republic article.