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See First-ever Stand Up 4 Transportation Parade on April 9
Transportation agencies in Arizona unite in support of critical federal funding legislation
Valley Metro, along with Arizona’s local and state transportation agencies, will host a transportation vehicle parade and media event on National Transportation Infrastructure Day, Thursday, April 9.
The American Public Transportation Association is launching Stand Up 4 Transportation, a national movement aimed at educating elected officials about the importance of transportation infrastructure investment and the need for sustainable federal funding before the current transportation bill expires on May 31, 2015. Anyone can sign the online petition to support transportation infrastructure funding at valleymetro.org/connected or follow activities at #StandUp4Transportation or #SU4T.
“A reliable federal funding source is critical to maintain and expand our streets, bridges, public transit and aviation facilities,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO, on behalf of event partners. “Preserving and improving transportation infrastructure revitalizes communities, enhances quality of life and creates jobs.”
Who: American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Arizona Chapter of Associated General Contractors, Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), Arizona Transit Association (AzTA), City of Phoenix, Dunn Transportation, Friends of Transit, Grid Bike Share, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), Maricopa County Department of Transportation(MCDOT), Mountain Line (Flagstaff), Sun Tran (Tucson), Valley Metro and Yuma County Area Transit
Sponsors: Alternate Concepts, Inc., First Transit, HDR and Sundt Stacy & Witbeck Joint Venture
What: Transportation vehicles* that support crucial transportation services and projects in Arizona will travel on Central/1st avenues
*Public transit buses from Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma; Mountain Line vanpool van; ADOT snow plow; construction equipment and more!
When: Thursday, April 9, 10 a.m. Vehicle parade, 10:30 a.m. Media event
Where: Parade travels from Hance Park to Civic Space Park along Central/1st Ave. Best view of parade: southeast corner of Roosevelt St./1st Ave. Media event & vehicle display: Civic Space Park
Why: The current federal transportation funding bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), is set to expire on May 31, 2015. Without a long-term federal transportation funding bill, Arizona’s infrastructure will face tremendous uncertainty for vital transportation services and projects. Transportation is the backbone of our local and national economy. A long-term transportation bill is needed for better and expanded transportation options and to continue to support the economy.
Remarks: Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton; U.S. Congressman Ruben Gallego; Maricopa County Department of Transportation Director Jennifer Toth; Additional elected and private sector leaders.
Image courtesy of Valley Metro.
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PORTLAND ON THE PARK DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IS FULL STEAM AHEAD
Downtown Sales Office Opening on November 6
WHO: Portland on the Park, the highly anticipated sister property to Downtown’s award winning Portland Place, is searching for those that are ready to make Downtown Phoenix their home. The energy, sophistication and culture of the urban area are attracting people of all ages and backgrounds.
WHAT: The sales office for Portland on the Park is opening and ready to virtually tour guests and prospective buyers through the property, floor plans, amenities and social spaces. Pre-sale contracts will be accepted at office opening.
WHEN: Beginning Thursday, November 6, the sales office will be open daily with the following hours: Monday – Saturday: 10am to 6pm Sunday: 11:30am to 5pm
WHERE: The sales office is located directly off of the light rail stop at Roosevelt / Central Avenue at 107 N. Central Ave, Suite 3, Phoenix, AZ 85004
PROPERTY DETAILS: Portland on the Park is a Downtown Phoenix urban living project that is situated between the three-acre Portland Park and the 32-acre Margaret T. Hance Park along Central Avenue. Once completed in mid-2016, the property will have a total of 170 condominiums and true lofts in 3 structures: four-, 12-, and 14-story towers. In addition, a five- story parking garage will be available for resident and guest parking. Home sizes range from 745 square feet to 2,381 square feet with 21 thoughtful and efficient floor plans. Prices begin in the low $200,000s with penthouse suites available under $1 million.
Community spaces will underscore the urban living that blends work and play as well as social aspects of life. The first floor 7,200 square foot commercial space will house a coffee shop, wine bar and restaurant providing a social space for residents and the Roosevelt neighborhood. A resort-like pool will be on the ground level with an open-air gathering spot on top of the 14- story tower. A state-of-the-art workout facility will also be available for resident use.
SALES INFORMATION: For more information on the condominium and true loft homes, visit: PortlandParkCondos.com or call designated broker David Newcombe, Habitat Urban, LLC at 602.277.8500.
Portland on the Park, the sister project to award-winning Portland Place, will begin construction by the end of the year with an anticipated completion of mid-2016.
Nestled between Hance Park and the Portland Parkway, the project will feature a combination of 170 lofts and finished condominiums with prices ranging from the $200,000 to just less than $1 million. The lofts will be true to the urban experience, with exposed metal ductwork giving a modern appeal to a comfortable space. The finished condos will offer one, two and three bedroom option. Units will range in size from 745 to 2,381 square feet with 21 different floor plans.
To complete the project, which is valued at over $75 million, Habitat Metro principal, Tim Sprague, has assembled an expert development team that includes Sunbelt Holdings; the DAVIS Architecture team responsible for the award-winning design of Portland Place; and Designated Broker David Newcombe of Habitat Urban. Additionally, urban living and lifestyle specialists Braun Allison from Vancouver and Scottsdale-based The James Agency are managing marketing and public relations.
Portland Place Condos are phase one of the development, and they were completed in 2007. Sprague has no doubt kept himself busy since then, including helping create affordable housing for artists at Oasis on Grand. But, seven years is a long time for any sequel. So, what took so long to get this phase two off the ground?
“One word pure and simple, ECONOMICS,” said Tim Sprague, principal of the project developer, Habitat Metro. “Since Portland Place was built, we’ve weathered the Great Recession, and downtown Phoenix has rapidly matured. We have new quality restaurants, the ASU Downtown Campus, CityScape, the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, etc.” He added, “In essence, downtown is growing a real urban environment, growing past its adolescence.”
The fourteen-story residential tower will feature ample bike storage, electric car charging stations, a state-of-the art workout center, and an open-air gathering spot on top of the building, which will provide unobstructed views of the Japanese Friendship Gardens, Hance Park, the mountain vistas, and the surrounding historic neighborhoods. In addition to the residential units, the ground floor will be home to a coffee shop, wine bar and restaurant.
The “Location. Location. Location.” adage definitely applies here. “Very few residences, no matter what city, have the privilege/good fortune to be located between two parks. Residences on a park are always associated with a quality life style, no matter what city: New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, etc. Portland on the Park provides that same qualitative difference for Phoenix,” said Sprague.
Additionally, the Central Avenue and Portland Street area scores a “very walkable” 86 rating on WalkScore.com. “With a metropolitan mix of arts and culture, nightlife, boutiques, restaurants and sporting events, downtown Phoenix is blossoming into the true epicenter of the Valley,” said Sprague.
Broker David Newcombe shares a glimpse of the residential market. “It’s close to a decade since anyone broke ground on a major condominium project in Downtown Phoenix,” he said. “There is clear demand to live in our new and thriving downtown, with very few exceptions all the buildings we have are now full. Urbanization is changing the way we live, work and think in a way that Arizona has never seen before.”
If urban living on a park in the heart of our rapidly evolving downtown appeals to you, take note of Portland on the Park. Reservations will begin midsummer, with pre-sales beginning in the fall.
Friends of Hance Dog Park members Lisa Krueger and Kate Kunberger wrote the following article about the newest downtown hot spot for dogs and their human companions to have fun together.
Downtown dog owners are counting down the seconds until the opening of Hance Dog Park on Saturday, October 5 at 8 a.m. Hance Dog Park is an off-leash dog park located between 3rd and 5th Avenues, just north of I-10 and south of Culver Street in the historic Roosevelt neighborhood of downtown Phoenix.
Area residents have been actively involved in planning this dog park for over three years. Beginning with the call for a downtown dog park that led to the creation of the 70 person “committee,” to the Hance Park Steering Committee sessions over the location, to multiple city council meetings with active public involvement and comment, to the negotiations with the neighboring community about the logistics and aesthetics of the park – downtown residents have been involved every step of the way.
Throughout the planning process, a consistent theme emerged: people not only want a secure place where their dogs can exercise off-leash, they want to make the dog park an integral part of their community. This strong sense of stewardship and community led to the formation of Friends of Hance Dog Park, a group of downtown dog lovers committed to making Hance Dog Park “our” park by working in partnership with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department to ensure that it is a clean, safe, and enjoyable park for local dogs and their owners.
But the process was not without complications. The location of the dog park sparked community debate, tapping into existing concerns about urban design, visitor parking, and outstanding issues with existing downtown parks. When the City Council identified Hance Park as the location, another round of meetings took place that addressed issues of activation of the public areas of Hance Park, incorporating the dog park into the redesign, and minimizing impact to the adjacent neighbors. Each proposed location had its advantages and disadvantages, supporters and detractors.
Once the location of the dog park was selected, the City engaged in several rounds of small-committee meetings to assess the specific concerns of the neighboring residents and the dog-park users. These concerns influenced numerous aspects of the design process. For example, to address the noise and aesthetic concerns of the residents closest to the dog park, a gabion wall was designed by the City and plexiglass panels were incorporated to ensure visibility. When the City proposed building a single park, dog owners voiced the need for separated small/large dog areas and worked to get the second park reinstated. Through this process, Friends of Hance Dog Park emerged as the voice of the community in working the City Parks and Recreation Department.
Indeed, Friends worked with the City to supplement the City’s budget in order to upgrade or add amenities to the park, such as upsizing the shade trees and adding additional seating. Even though the park has not yet opened, Friends of Hance Park has raised and donated over $10,000 – and put it on the ground. Friends consulted with the park’s designers regarding the location of the amenities and other user concerns. And, Friends is partnering with the Parks Department to organize and present the grand opening celebration. Friends President, Bob Diehl, notes that “Friends of Hance Dog Park is the first ‘friends’ group in support of a Phoenix dog park, so we are breaking new ground in creating the communication channels and exploring the various ways the community and the City can work together in support of a dog park.”
Friends will also promote a culture of cleanliness by encouraging good citizenship (pick up after your pets and encourage others to do the same!), as well as monthly clean-ups of the dog park and adjacent common area. The Friends website includes “etiquette” guidelines that supplement the City’s rules and encourage good clean play (for dogs and users). Friends of Hance Dog Park has “adopted” the dog park from the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. The volunteer clean-up crew will meet on the first Saturday of every month at 8 AM to pick up any pet waste and other debris in the dog parks and the common areas. Other activities are in the works as well. Friends is encouraging the community to join them to help achieve their mission of keeping Hance Dog Park a safe, clean and enjoyable dog park for dogs and their owners.
Membership in Friends of Hance Dog Park is open to the public for $10 per person; $20 for family membership; $100 for associate (corporate) memberships. Join Friends and help to keep Hance Dog Park a clean, safe, and enjoyable place for dogs and their owners.
If You Go
What: Grand Opening of Hance Dog Park
When: October 5, 2013, 8 am – 10 am
Where: On Culver Street between 3rd Ave. and 5th Ave.
I’m an idea man. Ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you that every week I have a new business idea or way to change the world. I like to dream. Always have.
Born and raised in “the Valley of the Sun,” I moved around quite a bit as an adult, and lived in New York City for about six years before moving back home to Phoenix to take care of my father as he battled cancer. After he passed, I decided to stay in town and definitely experienced some culture shock after being away for almost 10 years. Eventually, I adjusted and began to enjoy the beauty that the Sonoran Desert has to offer.
Of course there were things that I missed about New York. My best friend and I spent a lot of time in Central Park developing our own special relationship with the verdant oasis amidst the high-rises. I was missing that experience in Phoenix, so I decided to collect some friends to play in Hance Park. We’d bring a Frisbee, a picnic, and music, have handstand contests and play board games under the sun. The park appeared to be extremely underused. “Why is no one here? It’s such a beautiful day outside,” I would say to my friends. That’s when I decided to launch “A Day in the Park.”
“A Day in the Park” is a once-a-month Hance Park play date, dedicated to building culture and community through the use of public space. It is a place for dreamers to connect; a time to get out and enjoy nature, the weather, your friends and family, play a game of Frisbee, and fly a kite; and a fun way to support and strengthen a feeling of community. “A Day in the Park” is a day to appreciate the important things in life. “A Day in the Park” at its heart, is an ideal.
Ultimately, I would love to see “A Day in the Park” transform organically into something huge; a daylong event, attracting a diverse crowd, offering live local music, art vendors, small local businesses, food trucks galore, and activities that would bring folks together. It’d be great to see non-profit organizations attend, getting their message out, and collaborating with one another. Use the park to develop and sustain healthy communities.
What can I say? I’m a dreamer. Invite your friends and join the fun.
If You Go:
What: A Day in the Park (DITP)
When: April 13th on Second Saturdays
Where: Margaret T. Hance Park, West side of Park – 67 W. Culver St. (between Central & 3rd Ave.)
Additional Info: Bring food, Frisbees, board games, guitars, kites…whatever you want to make your day, the best “Day in the Park.” Invite/bring your family and friends, the more the merrier! Please no glass bottles. For more visit www.facebook.com/groups/DayInTheParkPhx.