Mayor Greg Stanton
DPJ’s Wire series delivers news and information straight from the source without translation.
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.
DPJ’s Wire series delivers news and information straight from the source without translation.
PORTLAND ON THE PARK TO CELEBRATE GROUNDBREAKING APRIL 7
Most anticipated Downtown condominium project enters construction phase
Portland on the Park, the highly anticipated sister property to Downtown’s award winning Portland Place, will celebrate its groundbreaking on Tuesday, April 7 at 5 p.m. Mayor Stanton, Councilman Nowakowski and other Phoenix civic leaders, along with executives from Habitat Metro, Sunbelt Holdings, and DAVIS Architecture, will take part in the onsite ceremony. A hosted reception will immediately follow at the development’s Sales Gallery, which will include small plates from FEZ, wine from Aridus Wine Company and beer from The Phoenix Ale Brewery.
Portland on the Park is located between the three-acre Portland Park and the 32-acre Margaret T. Hance Park along Central Avenue. It will consist of 149 residences ranging in size from 745 to 2,490 square feet, with 21 floorplan options. High-end touches including, quartz counters, engineered hardwood flooring soft-close cabinetry and frameless glass showers come standard in all Tower Residences, Club Residences and Penthouse Suites. Each residence also includes a fully-equipped kitchen featuring stainless steel, German-engineered Bosch appliances. All residences are connected to state of the art fiber optic high speed internet providing commercial standard IT connectivity.
“As the first major condominium development to break ground in recent Downtown history, Portland on the Park has already garnered tremendous interest,” said David Newcombe of Habitat Urban, designated broker for Portland on the Park. “There is increasing demand to live in Downtown Phoenix and this project gives buyers the opportunity to live an urban lifestyle in the heart of the Central Arts District, with the 32 acre Hance Park as your backyard and light rail access steps away.”
“The property’s design was influenced by the intent to create a sense of place from its 3,200 square foot ‘communal third place’ lobby for coffee meetings or end of the day drinks to the roof lounge atop the 14-story tower offering unrivaled views of Downtown and the Valley’s mountain vistas,” relates developer Tim Sprague of Habitat Metro. “In addition to complementary commercial space, our mid-rise urban community uniquely features multiple common areas including a resort-like pool, a fully equipped fitness facility, community barbeques and fire pits, and the “Nest,” a getaway patio cut into the fourth and five floors of the 14-story tower over looking the Japanese Friendship Garden.”
Portland on the Park construction will begin immediately following the groundbreaking ceremony, with completion slated for the second half of 2016. Tower and Loft Residences pricing starts in the low $200,000s, with Penthouse Suites available under $1 million.
Image renderings courtesy of Portland on the Park.
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.
Over the past year our partner publication, Downtown Phoenix Journal, has been interviewing members of the Downtown Phoenix Inc. board of directors to get their perspective of where downtown Phoenix is today and where it can be in the future. We pick up where we left off on this “Conversation Series” with Ron Butler, Managing Partner at Ernst & Young; Steve Moore, President/CEO of Visit Phoenix; Councilman Michael Nowakowski; and Mayor Greg Stanton (Part 1 and Part 2). Please spend some time reading what they have to say.
While EDM (electronic dance music) is not my thing, unless it involves the Bee Gee’s, I was stunned (in a positive way) by the turnout for the Phoenix Lights Festival at Civic Space Park. Lots of college students, and so many folks who rode light rail into our central city. I also want to thank Charlie Levy and his colleagues at Stateside Presents for Year 2 of VIVA PHX, 90 bands at 20 unique downtown venues. What a gift to our city.
The City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services and Community and Economic Development Departments are requesting City Council authorization to issue a Request-for-Proposals (RFP) for the disposition and development of City-owned property located between 3rd and 2nd Avenues, north side of McKinley Street in downtown Phoenix. The approximate 0.64 acre site is comprised of three parcels and is mostly vacant except for a small portion used for parking for an adjacent apartment complex. Interested individuals are welcome to provide feedback about what they would like to see in an RFP for this site. To complete the online survey, click here.
- Adaptive reuse keeping city’s past intertwined with its future
- Antique Sugar vintage clothing shop moving to Evans Churchill
- Deco Communities eyes two midtown Phoenix projects
- FAA flight path noise may impact historic Phoenix homes
- 40 Owls Art Gallery opens in Evans Churchill neighborhood
- Gould Evans Architecture moves to downtown’s Warehouse District
- Grand Avenue merchants yet to reap much benefit from roadway changes
- Pay Phoenix parking meters by phone with Pango
- Shipping container apartments coming to Grand Avenue
- Vintage Roosevelt Row building demolished to make way for apartment complex
I just learned that students in Arizona State University’s New Media Innovation Lab are working with the City of Phoenix Public Works Department to create a smartphone app to help decrease the amount of trash that residents send to the landfill and increase recycling. The students seek your input on what you would like to see in such an app. To take the online survey, click here. If you have any questions about the project, send an email Alicia Canales.
- April is Valley Bike Month
- ASU to host summer camp for high school students interested in health careers
- Biking in downtown Phoenix: How safe is it?
- Maricopa County emergency homeless shelter plan for Phoenix coming soon
- Phoenix plans on expanding GRID Bike Share program
- Study: Phoenix workers live farther away from work than in 2000
- Thousands turn out for downtown Phoenix Heart Walk & Festival
- Weekly downtown Phoenix run promotes active lifestyle, social atmosphere
- Arizona Women’s Education & Entrepreneur Center launches in downtown Phoenix
- How long does it take to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem?
- Why Phoenix, Arizona’s business leaders are excited about 2015
- Local Thai restaurant featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
- Milk Bar restaurant and bar opens in Evans Churchill neighborhood
- Mornin’ Moonshine coffee shop opens in downtown Phoenix
- 20 years in, Chris Bianco is still America’s best pizza maker
Arts & Culture
Upon the Phoenix New Times issuing a 10-question survey asking Phoenix artists (and anyone else with an opinion) about the “state of the arts” in greater Phoenix, several friends, associates, and a few talented folks I have yet to meet responded with gusto. Please take a few moments to read what these insightful Phoenix artists have to say about our city’s creative scene: Julie Akerly, Melissa Dunmore, Greg Esser, Jake Friedman, James B. Hunt, Lindsay Kinkade, Beatrice Moore, Kara Roschi, Rashaad Thomas, and Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker
- Filming begins on local movie, “Durant’s Never Closes”
- Phoenix Art Museum receives $2.5 Million gift to fund chief curator
- Phoenix’s arts community is at a make-or-break moment
- Phoenix Chorale debuts at #1 on Billboard Traditional Classical Chart
- Phoenix Comicon returns to downtown Phoenix, May 28-31
- Santa Rita Center is a place of Chicano history
This twice-monthly “From the Desk Of” e-newsletter is meant to provide you with a crisp, concise, yet comprehensive recap of news and activities in our downtown. Thankfully, there’s a lot of news to share, the great majority of which trends positive. But because of the growing number of events – another positive thing – I sometimes can’t convey many of the major “things to do” that occur in-between the time a particular issue is written. I have two solutions: (1) link to DPI’s “new an improved” online events calendar and (2) download the weekly “What’s Happening Guide” compiled by my DPI colleague David Stevenson. If you have an event to share, contact David by email or give him a call at 602-744-6419. He’s always looking for great content.
DPJ’s Wire series delivers news and information straight from the source without translation.
GRID BIKE SHARE RELEASES FIRST QUARTER PERFORMANCE METRICS
Nearly three months after debuting, Grid Bike Share released its first-quarter performance metrics. The numbers demonstrate the system is growing and quickly gaining popularity in Phoenix.
“I’m a proud member of Grid Bike Share and these statistics only reinforce what we expected when we started the program,” Mayor Greg Stanton said. “These bikes are not only a fun, quick way to get around town, but they show that Phoenix is a progressive city. Being multi-modal — having light rail, and walkable, bike-friendly streets — is key to attracting new businesses and employees.”
The system initially launched with 100 bicycles and 27 bike-share stations. Within the first quarter, the fleet of bicycles was more than tripled and the number of stations was almost doubled.
Grid Bike Share also continues to remain the largest system in the U.S.with smart-bike technology. This technology allows Phoenix residents and visitors to conveniently reserve and return a bike from public bike racks in addition to Grid stations. It also allows riders to track usage-time, mileage, carbon offset, calories burned and gas savings. During the first quarter, the system helped offset an estimated 11,700 poundsof carbon and its riders together burned 530,100 calories.
The system also registered 2,250 members. An estimated 11,000 trips and approximately 14,075 miles were traveled via the bright-green bicycles. The largest spike in trips occurred over the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day weekends and the bike-share stations located in downtown adjacent to the Phoenix Public Market and CityScape generated the most trips.
“The swift growth of Grid Bike Share is to be commended. It also clearly demonstrates the need to connect our multimodal city and strengthen our transportation infrastructure,” said Councilwoman Thelda Williams who chairs the City Council Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. “Bicycling, streets, buses and light rail are all components in a connected system that work together to efficiently get people where they need to be in a convenient way.”
Plans are underway to double the system in size to 500 bicycles and 50 stations by the next quarter. Grid Bike Share also will soon be expanding into Mesa and Tempe to make it a true regional transportation system.
On Saturday, February 21st, Artlink Inc., in partnership with Downtown Phoenix Inc., hosted the Art d’Core Gala at Crescent Ballroom. This celebration of downtown Phoenix’s artists and creatives featured Mayor Greg Stanton giving his second annual “Celebrate Downtown” address. It served as a festive kick-off to Artlink’s Art Detour 27, March 7-8, 2015.
Below is a transcript and video of the Mayor’s address.
Celebrate Downtown Address, February 21, 2015
The excitement in this room – the energy tonight – is remarkable. I don’t think I’ve ever felt Crescent Ballroom so alive.
What I love about this event is that it’s such a reflection of our downtown community: a collaboration of people and organizations working together to create something amazing.
Catrina Kahler and Artlink … Dave Kreitor and Downtown Phoenix, Inc. … Charlie Levy and Crescent Ballroom … and Phoenix Theatre! How great was that performance?! … It takes a lot of great minds to bring this event to life, and I’m glad those minds are always working to make our community a better place.
This has become one of my favorite events of the year – and I’m so happy that we are together again to celebrate Downtown!
Last year we talked about downtown’s story: our humble beginnings, our biggest challenges, where we started and where we’ve been. Also about where we are headed: toward a shared vision for a vibrant, walkable, livable downtown where education, the arts and commerce thrive.
Setting a New Economic Course
We’re getting there by putting our economy on a new course so that we can compete with other regions across the country and around the world. I’ve made it my priority to build an innovation-based, export economy that lifts everyone up – and that starts right here in downtown.
Downtown is more than our urban core – it is the heart of our great city. The components necessary to build the economy we need are coming together right here.
We’re bringing more people to a central place with a robust transit system. We’re teaching students at ASU, U of A and NAU, and training the next generation of physicians and biomedical engineers. We’re carving out new space for entrepreneurs, tech startups and makers to create and innovate.
These things aren’t just attractive to millenials and urbanistas. They’re necessary for us to lead in today’s global economy.
A Vibrant Downtown
But a great public transportation system, more education options and flourishing small businesses? Those also happen to be the ingredients that are transforming downtown into the lively, urban community we all want.
Another ingredient? A City Council that understands smart policies and investments in infrastructure such as light rail pay long-term dividends. I want to thank my great partners on the council who understand that a stronger downtown means a stronger city.
I know the whole world saw how great things were for the successful Super Bowl, but all of us here know that hardly scratches the surface of the amazing things going on downtown.
Last year, we broke ground on more than 1 million square-feet of commercial space including two hotels and two higher education buildings;
With our Complete Streets policy, we’re changing the city’s reputation of planning predominately for cars;
We renovated space for aspiring artists at the new ASU Herberger Institute studios in the Warehouse District;
We launched Grid Bike Share throughout Central Phoenix – broadening options for getting around without a car;
We welcomed newcomers to our downtown dining directory – Bitter and Twisted, Mother Bunch Brewery, Grabba Green, Short Leash’s Rollover Donuts, and much more…
Because we created Downtown Phoenix, Inc two years ago, we were able to make new friends on the Urban Ale Trail, at Radiate Phoenix and Kalliope’s mobile dance party;
We set a new standard for music festivals with Viva Phoenix – and we’re counting down the days until 80 bands take over 20 downtown venues this March.
This is what happens when we have a community as motivated and energized as all of you in this room.
Downtown’s Tipping Point
But here’s what I’m excited about: this is just the beginning. We laid out our vision; we put in the work; and now, downtown has reached its tipping point. We’re about to see what momentum really looks like.
This year we’ll complete street improvements that will make Roosevelt Row more engaging and welcoming to pedestrians – and more shaded! – than ever before.
We’re activating sidewalks and street corners in new, fresh ways. Carly’s, Bitter and Twisted and La Piazza PHX are all extending to new sidewalk-patio seating. DeSoto Central Market in the historic DeSoto Building will transform Central and Roosevelt into a new destination for food, shops and social experiences.
We’re welcoming new forward-thinking tenants. The restoration of the Luhrs City Center attracted fast-growing startup Giftcard Zen to open offices in the historic tower. And soon they’ll be joined by as many as eight new startups through a partnership with Tallwave’s business incubator.
The city’s investments in the biomedical campus are paying off: The U of A and St. Joe’s Cancer Center will open this fall and begin delivering world-class health care. Some of the most advanced medical research is already happening right now in our own backyard – it’s amazing.
Our momentum is bringing new restaurants and commerce downtown, and it’s igniting an entire sector of innovation and discovery.
A Toast to Downtown
In honor of all our progress and all we have to look forward to – I’d like to propose a toast. Catrina and Dave, you should get back up here on stage.
Here’s to Downtown Phoenix. Where our First Fridays, our music festivals, our Meet Me Downtown events, and our pop-up parks get bigger and better every month.
To the artists … the students … the entrepreneurs … the bicyclists … the foodies … the business owners … the transit riders … the residents … the visionaries … who have shaped a culture and created a community unlike any other.
This isn’t the downtown Phoenix we’ve been waiting for – it’s the downtown we’ve been working for.