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Mayor Stanton, City Leaders Break Ground at Pivotal Phoenix Development 

Mayor Greg Stanton and members of the Phoenix City Council joined the Sustainable Communities Collaborative on March 4 to break ground on a pioneering, mixed-use development project located on a vacant lot at the gateway into downtown and the Roosevelt neighborhood.

Metrowest Development is set to break ground on the “Union @ Roosevelt” – a mixed use residential and retail development — strategically placed on the light rail line, in what has become one of the more walkable and bikeable areas of downtown Phoenix. The development attributes a large part of its progress to a redevelopment loan provided by the Sustainable Communities Collaborative’s (SCC) $20 million Fund and the public and community support the Collaborative shepherded throughout every stage of the project over the last several years. The SCC is a Collaborative that consists of 35+ public, private, non-profit, and foundation partners. Its core mission is to work with all partners to implement equitable transit oriented development within the Valley’s 20-mile light rail corridor.

“The culture change in the Valley’s development and real estate industry toward more inclusive community development is making Arizona more globally competitive while supporting a more diverse economic foundation,” says SCC Co-Founder and Director Shannon Scutari. “The Collaborative catalyzes and influences this transformation by closely working with city officials, developers, community organizations and neighborhoods along the entire light rail line, to create interesting, inclusive, mixed- income communities. These communities attract and retain talented workers, meeting their housing, transportation and healthy community needs and responds to corporations looking to locate or expand within world-class cities which can offer unique and interesting experiences.”

Mayor Stanton, Councilman Michael Nowakowski and Councilwoman Kate Gallego spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony along with Metrowest Development partners, Matt Seaman and Doug Gannett. Both partners were on hand to highlight unique aspects of the project and innovative plans.

Renderings for Union @ Roosevelt courtesy of Metrowest Development, LLC.