The City Manager’s Trial Budget was formally presented on March 25, 2014 and is currently being discussed at more than 20 community budget hearings Citywide. For Council Districts 4 & 7, the community hearing will be held at Singer Hall in the Phoenix Art Museum, tomorrow night at 6 pm.
If You Go
What: Community Budget Hearing – Council Districts 4 & 7
Where: Phoenix Art Museum, Singer Hall, 1625 N. Central Ave.
When: Wednesday, April 16 at 6 p.m.
Residents are invited to attend community budget hearings to discuss the proposed City Manager’s 2014-15 Trial Budget and provide input and ideas. Council members and staff will answer questions and talk about specific district issues. To view a copy of the City Council Report on this topic, please visit phoenix.gov/budget. Questions and comments on the proposed budget can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 602-262-4800 or TTY Relay 602-534-5500.
With regards to the budget, state law requires a 60-day posting period on the City’s website for notice of intent to add new fees or taxes or to increase existing fees or taxes. This is to allow the public ample time to comment on proposals. Given the timeline to approve the budget before the next fiscal year begins, a 60-day posting beginning on April 17 would allow the City Council to act by June 18, the final meeting of the fiscal year. Therefore, the City Council is being asked to authorize posting revenue ideas in order to give the City Council the ability to act on June 18.
One revenue idea of particular note is an increase to parking meter rates from the current rate of $1.50 per hour to a range of $0.50 per hour up to $6 per hour. This idea would allow for use of the City’s new meters to charge variable rates that coincide with changes in demand due to time of day, location, and special events. Combined with expansion of parking meter enforcement hours to be determined by City Council, these changes would result in approximately $1 million – $2 million additional General Fund revenue annually, and would be offset somewhat by costs for additional enforcement needs.
If You Go
Where: Phoenix City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson
When: Wednesday, April 16 at 3 p.m.
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HELP FOR BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURS AT PHOENIX PUBLIC LIBRARY
“hive @ central” – a discovery space for business entrepreneurs, located on the second floor of Burton Barr Central Library at 1221 N. Central Ave., will host 5 free workshops in February.
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Saturday, Feb.1
SCORE volunteers help you get the inside scoop about what’s going on in today’s marketplace. How do you compete?
Graphic Design Guidelines
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Friday, Feb.7
ASU’s Annette Fuentes will teach the basic principles of design and the proper way to apply them to various platforms.
Technology in Startups
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Friday, Feb. 14
ASU’s Neetu Rao will introduce tools to develop leads, target the right people and leverage your network.
Introduction to Finding Funders: Webinar for Nonprofits
6 – 8 p.m. – Wednesday, Feb. 19
This webinar will introduce you to an e-resource (available at Central Library) to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your organization’s funding needs. This program has limited seating; call 602-262-4636 to reserve your space.
Lean LaunchPadTM: ASU Rapid Cycle 1 | Pitch Presentations
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Friday, Feb. 21
Learn to use the lean startup method and the Business Model Canvas to develop, refine and iterate a value proposition and business model. Presented by ASU’s Brent Sebold.
David Krietor has served as CEO of the newly-formed Downtown Phoenix, Inc. (“DPI”) since April 8, 2013. In that time, he has begun work with community stakeholders to develop the downtown we want. “Your Downtown” shares his thoughts and DPI’s progress with the downtown community and beyond. Read the other chats here.
First of all, thank you for your feedback and additions to our 2013 “positives” list. The most current list, which grew by several more, can be viewed here on Downtown Phoenix Journal.
And speaking of the media, The Wall Street Journal published an extensive “Guide to the Ultimate Long Weekend in Phoenix” on January 17th. You’ll be proud that numerous downtown and midtown Phoenix locales made the list. Then, look what readers of the New York Daily News saw upon opening their Saturday paper: a Phoenix GRID bike share bicycle on the streets of New York. Word’s getting around.
Now let’s get around to learning about other recent news of note here in our downtown…
What is the latest regarding DPI’s organizational capacity?
Mayor Greg Stanton has appointed District 7 Councilman Michael Nowakowski to the Downtown Phoenix, Inc. Board of Directors. In addition to representing much of downtown, Councilman Nowakowski has a strong background in events and marketing which will be an important benefit to the DPI leadership team. The Mayor also reappointed Cindy Dach from Roosevelt Row Community Development Corp., Tim Eigo from Downtown Voices Coalition, and Kimber Lanning from Local First Arizona as his designees on the DPI Board.
What are some examples of downtown’s economic and cultural vitality?
These next few months are filling up rapidly with an impressive line-up of downtown events and activities. Mark your calendar and get ready for the following:
February: The Mayor’s Super Pool Party, Feb. 2 ~ Infill & Adaptive Reuse in Phoenix: What Pencils?, Feb. 4 ~ First Friday Artwalk, Feb. 7 ~ Phoenix Chinese Week, Feb. 7-9 ~ A Day in the Park, Feb. 8 ~ Willo Home Tour, Feb. 9 ~ Devour Phoenix’s 5th Annual Bartending Competition, Feb. 9 ~ Grant Park Area Development Project Community Meeting, Feb. 12 ~ Arizona Matsuri Festival, Feb. 22-23 ~ Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel’s Birthday Bash, Feb 22
March: Mardi Gras Parade, March 1 ~ Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic, March 1 ~ Art d’Core Gala, March 1 ~ First Friday Artwalk, March 7 ~ VIVA PHX, March 7 ~ Art Detour 26, March 8-9 ~ St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire, March 15 ~ Hance Park Master Plan Final Presentation, March 27 ~ McDowell Mountain Music Festival, March 28-30 ~ KAET Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival, March 30
And here’s one event we just have to focus on because (a) it’s coming up soon and (b) the whole “warm sun versus frigid cold” thing… Bag some rays while watching this year’s Big Game (being played in New Jersey… brrr!) and celebrate the official start of the countdown to next year’s Super Bowl XLIX being played right here in the Valley.
Join Mayor Stanton at his city soiree being held at Hotel Palomar’s beautiful Lustre Rooftop Garden, where you’ll enjoy the usual football fun – high definition, adult beverages, chicken wings, high fives – plus special Phoenix touches like cabanas, ping pong, corn bag, and oh-by-the-way a heated pool. Party starts at 2 p.m. Kickoff at 4:25 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited (around 300) so come early. And remember your sunscreen.
Leadership and advocacy are critical elements of effective community development. Where do you see this occurring?
Things, development-wise, are buzzing. The hive @ central co-working space opened at Burton Barr Central Library and the ASU School of Art Grant Street Studios opened in the vintage Levine Machine Building in downtown’s Warehouse District. Both events were extremely well attended and indicators of positive things to come.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Gina McCarthy, visited Phoenix a few weeks ago and toured places and projects demonstrating Phoenix’s commitment to a more sustainable city. McCarthy’s favorite stop was Grand Avenue, not only for the excellent piece of pie she enjoyed at Bragg’s Factory Diner, but because the recent streetscape improvements from Seventh Avenue to Roosevelt along Grand emanated from recommendations outlined in the EPA’s Greening America’s Capitals grant awarded to Phoenix in 2011.
With the economy picking up, the California-based Hansji Urban is progressing with its $80 million, 19-story Luhrs City Center Marriott to be situated at the northwest corner of Madison Street and Central Avenue. In the mid-2000s, the City of Phoenix allowed for the demolition and development of the 1912 Luhrs Central building (where the Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn are slated to go) in order to protect and renovate three other historic buildings on the same block – the 1924 Luhrs Building, 1929 Luhrs Tower, and Luhrs Post Office Station and Arcade in-between the two taller structures.
Across the street, at the southeast corner of Jefferson and Central there’s movement afoot to revitalize the 1915 Jefferson Hotel (now known as the Barrister Building and former home of the Phoenix Police Museum and several city departments). Last fall, the Phoenix City Council voted to conduct a formal bid process to sell or lease the building with a conservation easement to maintain the historic facade. Valued at approximately $1.5 million, the building will be put on the market in the next few months by the City. Potential future uses could be a hotel, restaurant, retail shops, or offices.
The Phoenix City Council approved the proposed mixed-use new construction project on two vacant city-owned parcels and the renovation and adaptive reuse of the historic Leighton G. Knipe House, all situated on North Second Street, between Roosevelt and Portland Streets. After additional community feedback, Roosevelt Housing Associates, developers of “The Row,” modified their initial proposal to develop approximately 15-20 percent of the housing units as market rate, with no age or income restrictions; require all tenants to sign an affidavit acknowledging they are moving into a vibrant arts district; develop the street-level units as live-work artist studios; actively market the project to artists; and dedicate a portion of the common area space for local artists to prominently display their works. With City Council approval, the developer and City staff will continue to work with neighborhood groups through the design process.
January has also brought out the urban planner in all of us!
The Roosevelt Row CDC recently completed its report, “Roosevelt Row: Artists’ District, Creative Placemaking in Downtown Phoenix,” and will begin a series of public forums to discuss the findings and outline next steps.
The Phoenix Center for the Arts hosted a well-attended community forum on commercial district revitalization, focusing on Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, and downtown Mesa. (Yes, downtown Mesa.
Steps being taken by developer Feliciano Vera to involve community members in visioning his proposed mixed-use development project in downtown’s warehouse district was the subject of a Marketplace radio segment aired over 500-plus public radio stations nationwide.
Lauren Allsopp, Ph.D., faculty associate at ASU’s School of Geographic Sciences and Urban Planning, is conducting an urban design workshop focusing on downtown’s warehouse district. The class is researching the district’s storied history, past developments positive and negative, and recommendations for the future.
The Hance Park Master Plan Design Team presented its interim design plan to a packed house at the Phoenix Art Museum. The final design plan will be unveiled on March 27 at a Hance Park Festival featuring live music, food, beer garden, and fun activities for young, old, and in-between.
In closing…That’s enough for now. Well, I take that back. Here are a few other things we found online that you’ll find interesting: downtown’s multitude of Best Of winners, co-working and makerspaces popping up in and around downtown, a birds-eye view of the Ground Cover Public Art Project installation (pictured above) and this fun time lapse video of downtown buildings and streetscapes.
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LOCAL FIRST ARIZONA HOSTS FREE INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON INFILL AND ADAPTIVE REUSE IN PHOENIX
Attendees will learn about the City of Phoenix process to redevelop buildings for a new purpose
WHAT: Infill and Adaptive Reuse in Phoenix—Join Local First Arizona and the City of Phoenix for a free informative meeting and discussion that will cover the City of Phoenix’s process for infill and adaptive reuse development. The meeting will include a panel of experts on adaptive reuse who will talk about their experiences and who have already gone through the process. The conversation will focus on both commercial and residential infill, and a list of 6-8 available properties for infill projects will be available.
WHO: Local First Arizona (LFA), a statewide nonprofit organization working to strengthen communities and local economies through supporting at celebrating local businesses, is hosting this seminar in partnership with the City of Phoenix. LFA Director Kimber Lanning will lead a discussion with a panel who will talk about their experiences with adaptive reuse in Phoenix. Panelists include Leslie Casañares-Lindo of Project Rising, Cavin Costello of Ranch Mine, and Greg Esser of the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation. This event is open to anyone who would like to learn about the commercial or residential infill and adaptive reuse process with the City of Phoenix
WHY: This meeting is the third in a series of five workshops in partnership with the City of Phoenix’s Reinvent Phoenix program. These workshops educate the public about the community benefits of infill and adaptive reuse projects and to inform them about the City of Phoenix process for embarking on an infill and adaptive reuse project. With a focus on inward development rather than outward sprawl, buildings that currently sit vacant will be repurposed in the center of Phoenix will be repurposed to house a new retail, restaurant, or service business, or a residential building, which will contribute to the overall economic sustainability and viability of the community.
WHERE: Playhouse at the Park inside the VIAD Corporate Building, 1850 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
COST: Open to the public and free to attend.
Earlier this week, the Phoenix Convention Center hosted Imaging USA 2014, the largest annual convention and expo organized by and for professional photographers. More than 8,000 photographers attended, snapping shots of downtown Phoenix as they honed their newly developed skills acquired from the over 100 speeches, presentations and hands-on demonstrations at the fair.
Of the successful event and setting, John Owens, of the Professional Photographers of America, says, “Phoenix has been a tremendous host for Imaging USA 2014. The warm sun, friendly locals and the downtown area in particular has helped enhance the experience for attendees by being so welcoming. And of course, the valley provided a beautiful backdrop for thousands of photographers to immediately practice what they learn.”
DPJ followed those attending IUSA14 and posting pictures on Twitter and Instagram, culling the most representative shots of the downtown scene, and asking our readers to vote for their favorite photos. Below are those that received the most “likes” on Instagram. See more on DPJ’s Facebook page.