Home prices have shot up in metro Phoenix, but deals can still be found if you know where to look.
Finding that Valley neighborhood, block or home that is still a bargain and likely to rise in value sooner rather than later is the end game for most homebuyers, investors and flippers.
Rising home prices are making it so much tougher for first-time homebuyers. So this year I am sharing some neighborhoods where houses are priced below $300,000.
A disclaimer: I am not advocating to buy in these areas. Some of the areas come with higher crime rates or other urban issues. But when a friend or source asks me where first-time buyers can still afford houses closer in, here’s my answer.
I thought this central Valley area close to freeways and the biggest city park in the U.S. would rebound 15 years ago. But the housing boom and bust delayed its comeback until now.
Home sales in the area’s 85040 ZIP code soared 37% last year. Prices in that neighborhood climbed 22% to $201,000 but are still affordable compared with metro Phoenix’s median home price of $268,000.
South Phoenix has golf and gated communities closer to South Mountain in the 85042 ZIP code. But the median price for that area is only $250,000.
A cool new community called Avance on a former golf course, right next to the preserve, opens in May, 2019. Prices there are expected to start above $300,000.
The median home price in downtown Mesa’s 85201 ZIP code is $220,000, up 10% from last year. The Evergreen Historic District with homes dating to 1910 can be found here.
Benedictine University has a new campus in downtown Mesa, and Arizona State University is opening one. ASU’s investment in downtown Phoenix helped create a rental housing boom in that area.
This often-maligned north Phoenix neighborhood that stretches up and around 7th Street and 7th Avenue north of Northern Avenue to North Mountain is starting to see home prices rise and more businesses open.
Its lower-income housing may deter some buyers, while others like the great diversity. It spans the ZIP codes 85020 and 85021 and is one of the most affordable neighborhoods in both.
The median home price in 85021, the more affordable area, is $301,000. But that area also includes parts of the much-pricier north central neighborhood.
Some interesting luxury homes can be found in Sunnyslope around the Phoenix Mountains Preserve.
Neighborhoods bordering some of the historic districts are great places to look, too. Grandview is one of my favorites, or St. Gregory/Westwood, and there are some hidden gem “no-name” neighborhoods also between 7th and 15th streets and Osborn and Indian School roads.
The median home price in 85013 is $325,000, but houses that need some work can be found for less. The median price in 85015 is $229,000.
The 85017 ZIP code is home to growing Grand Canyon University. The school helped revitalize the area that had Phoenix’s highest crime rate in 2010.
This west Phoenix neighborhood is drawing investors, who are buying homes and turning them into rentals for students, and flippers, who are redoing the area’s older brick ranch-style houses.
Crime rates have dropped and home values have climbed in this area near Interstate 17. The median home price in the 85017 ZIP code has rebounded 302% from $41,000 after the crash in 2011 to $165,000 in 2018.
Despite the jump, it’s still one of the Valley’s most affordable neighborhoods.
Home to historical neighborhoods like “The Windsor,” prominent office buildings and iconic retail centers, the area between the sevens is also becoming an increasingly attractive place to work and play as new commercial real estate projects take shape, blending modern needs with the area’s rich history.
The latest projects range from adaptive reuse transformations of a former grocery store and other businesses into multifamily communities or trendy bars and restaurants. It also includes the modernization of older office buildings to meet current standards with lots of natural light, high ceilings, large open floorplates and easy connection to amenities.
Whether its people or companies, everyone is looking for a connected place that’s walkable, vibrant and linked to other amenities and uses, says City of Phoenix Economic Development Director Christine Mackay.
In addition to providing great transit options such as light rail, buses and the Grid Bike Share program to get around, Midtown and Uptown also boasts incredible dining and shopping options as well as prime office locations for major corporate companies.
Mackay says the rejuvenation of Midtown started in 2016 when Banner Health moved its corporate headquarters to the Banner Corporate Center on Thomas and Central Avenues.
Banner retrofitted an old building, bringing it to the 21st century, explains Mackay, which signaled to other large corporate tenants that the area and surrounding communities would support regional and/or national headquarters.
From there, the 2828 North Central building renovated its bottom floor to include a co-working shared space that’s currently occupied by Mod Phoenix. Meanwhile, the owners of the 2020 On Central building renovated all of its lobbies and shared spaces, which eventually led Facility Source to lease office space.
“Those three things really set the stage for other building owners to come in and start making dramatic changes,” Mackay says.
Now, Midtown is experiencing office renovations across the board because so many of the existing buildings were constructed in the 1970s and 80s.
Mackay also describes an incredible and growing demand to live in Midtown and Uptown. “It’s cultured. It has night life, distinctive dining and pretty much everything is local. It’s exactly what people are looking for today,” she says.
In addition to new office product and multifamily units, the area between the sevens has also seen a surge in new retail projects as it’s becoming more widely well-known as a foodie hotspot with an eclectic and tasty mix for restaurants and bars.
Mackay says, “The restaurants, culture and nightlife is really what’s drawing people into this Central City to live.” In fact, she says, there are not less than 100 restaurants in that area for people to choose from.
Mackay points to the success of projects like The Yard, along Seventh Street and Missouri Avenue, as an example of the pent-up demand for restaurants nearby, which has spurred other retail and dining destinations to follow like The Colony, built by LGE Design Build in 2016.
Looking ahead throughout Midtown, Mackay says, the renovations of Park Central Mall is “the last missing piece before the area returns to full throttle.” Meanwhile in Uptown, she predicts, the completion of Arrive Phoenix will “really prove the market and show what a destination hotel looks like in that area.”
DEVELOPER: Vintage Partners; Venue Projects
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Venue Projects
ARCHITECT: Arrive Hotel & Restaurants
LOCATION: 400 & 444 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
SIZE: 45,000 SF; 79-rooms
START/COMPLETION: Q1 2018 – Q4 2018
Located at what’s been called the Valley’s “hottest intersection” by the Urban Land Institute of Arizona, the project transforms a trio of mid-century gems into Uptown Phoenix’s newest dining, entertainment and urban hotel hub. The two-acre site will also host a boutique coffee shop, poolside taco bar, gourmet ice creamery, and nautical-themed rooftop craft cocktail bar featuring 360-degree city views. For the project, Vintage Partners teamed up with Venue Projects, the visionary developers behind The Newtown and other successful adaptive reuse projects like Windsor/Churn and The Orchard along Central Avenue.
DEVELOPER: First Place AZ
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: hardison/downey construction
ARCHITECT: RSP Architects
LOCATION: 3001 N. Third St., Phoenix
SIZE: 81,525 SF; 56-units
START/COMPLETION: January 2017 – March 2018
The $15 million residential property for adults with autism and other neuro-diversities will be a first-of-its-kind facility that First Place AZ plans to expand into a worldwide model. First Place AZ Founder, President and CEO Denise Resnik started the nonprofit to ensure that housing and community options are as bountiful for people with autism and other neuro-diversities as they are for everyone else. The project provides a one-of-a-kind approach that combines apartments, a residential training program and a national leadership institute to advance more independent and community integrated living options.
The Curve at Melrose
DEVELOPER: P.B. Bell
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: M.T. Builders
ARCHITECT: Studio 15 Architecture Inc.
LOCATION: 4333 N. Sixth Dr., Phoenix
SIZE: 204-units; 308,618 SF
START/COMPLETION: August 2016 – Early 2018
The Curve will consist of 204-luxury apartments in a vibrant and eclectic urban Melrose District neighborhood positioned within walking distance of Indian Steele Park, light rail as well as numerous locally owned shops and restaurants. Included in the property’s luxury amenities are several that were selected by public vote in 2015, which include a resort-style pool and spa along with an outdoor kitchen and gas grills. P.B. Bell also worked with the Seventh Avenue Merchants Association on plans to reserve three display windows at the property to spotlight community-curated work and displays.
DEVELOPER: Trammell Crow Company; High Street Residential
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Chasse Building Team
ARCHITECT: ESG Architects
LOCATION: SWC of Seventh Avenue & Osborn Road, Phoenix
SIZE: 190-units; 45,000 SF (retail)
START/COMPLETION: July 2017 – August 2019
The Osborn is a mixed-use grocery anchored retail shopping center and multifamily development. The project sits on a 5.96-acre site located in the heart of Midtown Phoenix where the city’s oldest Bashas’ grocey store, originally built in 1956, used to be located. The site benefits from immediate adjacency to many major employers, desirable affluent neighborhoods, abundance of social venues and high visibility with over 50,000 vehicles passing per day.
DEVELOPER: Vintage Partners
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Kitchell
ARCHITECT: Nelsen Partners
LOCATION: 100 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
SIZE: 116,787 SF
START/COMPLETION: 2014 – June 2016
The Valley’s first retail center located outside of Downtown Phoenix is being restored to its former glory and street appeal as a result of wall-to-wall renovations over the last three years. The property’s renovation aims to restore this iconic shopping center — originally constructed in 1955 by the Del Webb Co. — to its stylish brick-lined, mid-century roots and appeal. The 11-acre renovation includes restoring the original brick façade, adding new landscaping and successfully securing a variety of local, regional and national tenants like Shake Shack, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, Huss Brewing Company’s flagship taproom, Creamistry, Flower Child and more. The latest phase included updates to the exterior of AJ’s Fine Foods.
DEVELOPER: ABI Multifamily
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Alexander Building Company
LOCATION: 5227 N. Seventh St., Phoenix
SIZE: 16,281 SF
START/COMPLETION: Q4 2017 – Q2 2018
The two-story adaptive reuse project will transform the former Uptown Phoenix office building into a refreshed Class A office for ABI Multifamily on the top floor and co-working space on the first floor. A large multipurpose room will be used for entertaining, training and a yoga room open to the community. The design repurposed raw industrial materials, while still maintaining a sleek modern feel. In addition, a perforated metal canopy and second skin will be added to create new dynamic exterior spaces while protecting the building from the harsh summer sun of the desert.
Dignity Health Third Avenue Parking Garage Expansion
DEVELOPER: Dignity Health
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: JE Dunn Construction
ARCHITECT: GLHN Architects & Engineers
LOCATION: 2929 N. Third Ave., Phoenix
SIZE: 177,000 SF
START/COMPLETION: December 2017 – July 2018
While the area’s public transit options like buses, light rail and Grid bikes have made commutes easier, parking is often a top-concern for companies and tenants considering a move to the Central City. That’s why the Dignity Health’s St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix is embarking on a campus-wide parking solution that will add approximately 500 new spaces.
DEVELOPER: Plaza Companies; Holualoa Companies
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: DPR Construction
ARCHITECT: richärd+bauer architecture
LOCATION: 3121 N. Third Ave., Phoenix
SIZE: 337,000 SF
START/COMPLETION: Q4 2017 – Fall 2018
“Our goal is to transform Park Central into a truly innovative and exceptional work environment for companies in the ‘New Economy,’” says Sharon Harper, president and CEO of Plaza Companies, which also led the the successful transformation of the Los Arcos Mall in Scottsdale into the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center – SkySong. As Phoenix’s first-ever mall, Park Central benefits from an exceptional location and unique retail history. In total, 337,000 square feet will be revitalized into several distinct districts, each with its own identity.
If you are interested in a free consultation to see if buying a Phoenix home is a better option for you, please call or email me today. You may be surprised at what you learn. I have access to programs that offer down-payment assistance with money you do not have to pay back.
Whether you’re buying or selling a home in Central or Downtown Phoenix, or just have some questions about anything at all in or about any one of the historic districts in Phoenix, I’d be very happy to help you! Just call or email me anytime.
7 historic Phoenix landmarks that no one remembers
July 26, 2017 by Richard Kaufman
When the Central Avenue Dairy began in the early 20th Century between Central and 3rd Avenue, north of Thomas, the city limits for Phoenix ended at Van Buren.
They are all historic Phoenix landmarks. They were centers for the community long before Phoenix became the fifth-biggest city in the country. They have all been replaced by various commercial real estate projects, but they created memories for all who visited them. Here are seven historic Phoenix landmarks that very few people remember.
Weems Turkey Ranch
The ranch was built around the time Arizona became a state in 1912.It was surrounded by a six-foot granite wall.The ranch covered about 80 acres and was located at 7th Avenue and Camelback.It extended from 7th Avenue to 11th Avenue to the west and from Camelback to Colter to the north.The ranch house faced east and sat about 150 feet north of Camelback and 100 feet west of 7th Avenue. Weems had hundreds of turkeys and also had chickens, geese and goats. Most families in Phoenix at the time bought their Thanksgiving Turkeys there.
Today: The area is home to an LA Fitness, Fry’s and other retail shops and restaurants.
Central Avenue Dairy
The dairy began in the early 1900’s and ran from Earl to just south of Thomas and from Central to 3rdAvenue (about 46 acres).We never were bothered much by the smell as there were less than 100 cows at any one time.
Today: Park Central Mall construction began in 1955, thus ending the run for Central Avenue Dairy.Nearby land was also used to build St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
Phoenix Trap and Skeet Club
Located in Echo Canyon at the base of Camelback Mountain, the Arcadia Neighborhood, it was an ideal place to be.The club was organized in the 1930s.In trap shooting, the“clay pigeons” are launched from a single machine away from the shooter.In skeet shooting, targets are launched from two machines in sideways paths that intersect in front of the shooter. The club hosted the world national competition for many years until 1952, when the club moved to Papago Park.
Milky Way Ranch
The ranch was a gorgeous place to visit — a giant oasis of 320 acres.It was located between 20th Street to 28th Street and from Camelback to Campbell.The ranch’s headquarters was located exactly where Trader Joe’s is today. The ranch was built in 1900 and closed down in 1950, but a nine-hole golf course was built on the site in late 1951.
Today: In 1965, Town and Country Mall was built and it has undergone renovations and a renaissance over the past several years.
Sportsman’s Park was a 160-acre horse racing track. It had a huge white sign with blue letters that rose high above the entrance at the northeast corner of 7th Avenue and Indian School Road. It extended east to 3rd Avenue and north to Indianola.The park was built in 1920. By late 1950, the racetrack closed its doors.
Today: The area is home to the entrance of the Melrose Historic District, a post office, fast-food restaurants and residential housing.
In this photo of Richard Kaufman taken at Cactus Air Park on March 18, 1951, the Mazatzal Mountains in Payson are visible in the background. Those mountains were 90 miles from the flying site.
Cactus Air Park
Cactus Air Park was an open area of 960 acres.There was always at least three to five airplanes sitting at the northwest corner of the field. The airplanes did not have a closed hangar.The area had no street signs until 1957.All of the 960 acres were hard flat dirt without a single growth of anything.This was due to the Borate compound the airplanes would spray on the field (Borate was later outlawed in the mid-1960s).The confines were Shea to Cactus to the north and 32nd Street to 44th Street to the east.Endless miles of desert extended beyond the confines.
Airhaven Airport was built during WW II and was located between 27th Avenue and 35th Avenue just south of Indian School Road.The runway ran 30 degrees northeast to 30 degrees southwest.It was bordered on the southwest by Grand Avenue and the northeast by Indian School Road.The Arizona Canal bordered the airport to the south.The entrance was just before you got to the intersection of Indian School Road, 35th Avenue and Grand Avenue.
Anyone who has driven through downtown Phoenix recently has seen the construction on every corner and dozens of new restaurants and coffee shops.
Contrastingly, if they drive four miles north of downtown along 7th Avenue, they’ll encounter a neighborhood with rich history and 20-year-old small businesses surrounded by historic districts like Woodlea and Pierson Place.
The Melrose District In Downtown Phoenix, AZ
The Melrose District, nestled between Camelback and Indian School roads, is a place to shop for vintage clothing and antiques, eat at locally-owned restaurants and service your car at an old-school auto body shop. It might stick out like a sore thumb in comparison to the new developments downtown, but that’s exactly what has made the district so successful over the years.
Melrose prides itself on being “a shining star in the Metro Phoenix area,” but what really shines is the rich vintage culture there. What makes vintage work so well in the Valley? Some store owners in the district say it’s because of Phoenix’s unique history, the supportive community and being able to adapt to change.
Phoenix’s unique history
More people are buying and selling vintage artifacts than ever before, according to a study by The Association of Resale Professionals. In fact, the U.S. resale industry has seen an average growth of 7 percent each year since 2012. Many cities have hopped on the vintage trend, and Phoenix in particular has become a destination for some of the best quality vintage at a cheap price.
Arizona’s southwestern roots make it a prime location to find vintage vests, cowboy boots and denim. Phoenix specifically is well-known for its mid-century modern architecture, which makes vintage furniture highly sought after too.
Retro Ranch owner Indigo Hunter said customers often come through her store looking for 50’s, 60’s and 70’s pieces.
“A lot of people have ranch-style homes, and the furniture works in it because it’s scaled properly,” she said.
Sarah Bingham, co-owner of Antique Sugar, said high rates of retirement and the ideal climate in Arizona also benefit the vintage culture.
“People come here to retire from all over the country, and then when they get here they have all their fabulous clothes,” she said.
Due to the abundance of vintage clothing in Arizona, Bingham said store owners can afford to sell their merchandise for cheaper prices than you’d find in Los Angeles or New York.
“And the climate’s really good…we don’t lose a lot of our stuff to rot because it’s dry here,” she said.
The district’s supportive community
The tight-knit community within the Melrose District is another reason vintage culture has lasted in the Valley. The majority of the district is made up of passionate small business owners as opposed to “big boxes,” as Hunter calls them.
“A lot of those are vintage and antique shops, and you kind of feel like that’s our tribe,” she said.
Bingham said she’s been to other towns where the resale industry is cutthroat, but that’s not the case in the district.
“We actually go out for cocktails with all the shop owners often,” she said.
Jeanne Wiesley, the owner of Pearly Mae’s, agreed that the Melrose community is uniquely friendly. Wiesley moved her store to the district in 2014 and said she was instantly welcomed with support.
“Everybody encourages everyone else’s success,” she said.
For instance, if she doesn’t have an item that a customer is looking for, Wiesley said she will happily send them to another store in the area because they would do the same.
Michael Hardesty said he experienced a similar camaraderie when he bought one of the largest vintage stores in the district, Zinnias at Melrose, in 2009. Hardesty even received advice from some of the shop owners on the ins and outs of the neighborhood and how to make his business last.
Adapting to a changing environment
Despite the district’s overall success over the past two decades, not all businesses have stood the test of time.
“Stores are going to come and go, and that’s not necessarily a red flag,” Hardesty said. “It’s just life.”
“Everything’s changing all the time,” Hunter said. “You pretty much always have to stay on your toes and be aware of what’s going on.”
One way Hunter and the other store owners have kept their businesses alive is by going online to cater to a younger demographic. For some of the owners, the prospect of going online is intimidating initially, given their longtime comfort with in-person interactions. Even so, having a digital presence has helped financially.
Wiesley said she recently started selling more of her inventory through Ebay and Etsy accounts during the summer.
“It’s a new world for me, but if it pays the bills we’re going to do it,” she said.
Another way vintage stores in the district have adapted is by pushing heavily on social media. In lieu of print advertising, Hardesty said he advertises aggressively on social media and through email campaigns.
“Social media has helped a lot and really developed our brand,” he said.
For stores that make a living off of vintage artifacts, developing a strong brand is particularly important with all of the new development downtown. Fortunately, the vintage store owners see more opportunities from Phoenix’s development than threats.
Bingham, who recently relocated her store from the district to a new downtown building, said business is better than ever. In fact, she credits the changing environment to some of the store’s recent success.
“I say the more people the better,” Bingham said.
Wiesley moved to Phoenix in 1979, when she said people hardly ever went downtown. With the recent revitalization taking place, she’s shocked to see so many people walking around.
“I would rather have a high-rise there and show growth and potential in what our city can be to young and old,” she said.
Hunter is also in support of the developing culture, but cautions against too much change.
“I know that they’re building up downtown, but we still have to take care of the culture and the small business and not make it too corporate,” Hardesty said. “People are in business to make money, so it’s tough.”
Phoenix’s recent cultivation coupled with the need to grow digitally to continue making profits presents new-age opportunity to an old-age culture. But with a supportive community and unique history to back it up, the owners believe Phoenix’s vintage culture will continue to prosper.
“I think there’s always going to be a place for vintage,” Wiesley said.
Cheery Lynn Historic District Home. English and Tudor Revival styles were the dominant styles through 1930.
Cheery Lynn Historic District is roughly bounded by Flower Street to the north, Earll Drive to the south, Randolph Road on the west, and 16th Street on the east.
Cheery Lynn Historic Homes For Sale
One of the best kept little secrets of Central Phoenix is the Cheery Lynn Neighborhood. When you step off of the hustle and bustle of 16th Street, it is almost like being transformed back in time as you’ll find people pushing strollers, walking dogs, jogging, skating, riding bikes and enjoying a porch party with their neighbors. A great diversity exists among the individuals and families that live in this neighborhood. Some are relatively new, while others have lived here since childhood.
The Greater Cheery Lynn Neighborhood Association was established in 2003. Cheery Lynn was remote from downtown Phoenix when the first home was built in 1928. On January 28, 1928, a tract of land described as Lot 1 Beverly Heights was subdivided under the name of Cheery Lynn. This neighborhood is more than 85 years old!
The Architectural Styles and Square Footage of the homes in the Cheery Lynn Historic District vary widely from around 1,000-1,350 square feet with 2-bedrooms on average. But, the 1940’s Ranch-Style homes can get to 3,000 square feet and have at least 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. You’ll even find a few 2-story homes here. A nice variety with one of the most diverse, one-of-a-kind homes exist in this perfectly manicured, story book neighborhood.
Arizona Beer Week festivities begin this Thursday and whether you’re a craft brew connoisseur or just a beginner, you’re sure to find something to please your beer-drinking palate. Events are scheduled across the state from February 11 through February 21, but here is a list of events you’ll find in the greater downtown Phoenix area.
Thursday, February 11
Clever Koi – THAT Brewery Beer Dinner
Friday, February 12
Oven & Vine – Two Brothers Beer & Food Tasting
Angels Trumpet Ale House – Stone/Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover
The Coronado – San Tan Brewing Craft and Charity Night
Saturday, February 13
Angels Trumpet Ale House – Brunch Before the Storm
Steele Indian School Park – Strong Beer Festival
Sunday, February 14
Phoenix Ale Brewery, The Velo Bike Shop/Bicycle Nomad Cafe, ThirdSpace, The Rose & Crown Pub – Phoenix Ale Beer & Bike Social Ride
Flowers Beer and Wine – VIP Wristband
Rose & Crown Pub – VIP Wristband
Sun Up Brewing Co. – Central Phoenix Brewery Tour
Pizzeria Bianco – Historic Brew Co. “Beer is for Lovers” Dinner
Monday, February 15
Sun Up Brewing Co. – Food Pairing with Copper Dome Pilsner
Tuesday, February 16
Sun Up Brewing Co. – Cupcake and Beer Pairing
Stand Up Live – Strong Beer Night
Wednesday, February 17
DeSoto Central Market – Sonoran and Phoenix Ale Tap Assault and Burger Night
Circle 6 Studios Gallery – Hot Glass Cold Beer with THAT Brewery
Thursday, February 18
Angels Trumpet Ale House – Arizona Firkin Day
Friday, February 19
Sun Up Brewing Co. – Cigars with Uwe
Rose & Crown Pub – Left Hand Keep the Pint Night
Sunday, February 21
ThirdSpace – Ice Cream Beer Brunch with SanTan Brewing
Since April 2014, Downtown Phoenix Journal has been sharing the story of the developing proposal for a Roosevelt area Enhanced Municipal Services District, more commonly known as a Business Improvement District or BID.
Roosevelt Row, Phoenix, AZ
Over the past 18 months, the Roosevelt Row community has been engaged in the process of forming a business improvement district (BID), which would provide enhanced municipal services for the area. Though the proposal for the BID passed the Phoenix City Council in January, it is now in danger of being invalidated due to a bill that is advancing in the state legislature.
HB 2440 would essentially change the process for the formation of BIDs – not just in downtown Phoenix, but across the state. If passed, it would incorporate more government oversight into the process and would be retroactive to January 1, 2016. The bill is sponsored by Representative Warren Petersen of Gilbert and is supported by a group of Roosevelt Row land owners who oppose the formation of the BID. The bill passed the House this week and is now on its way to the Senate.
Earlier in the week, Roosevelt Row CDC sent a letter to Roosevelt business owners informing them about the bill. The letter is excerpted here:
Dear Roosevelt Row Business Owner,
As many of you are aware, the Phoenix City Council recently approved the formation of a business improvement district for our Roosevelt Row area. That vote gives us the opportunity to create an organization that represents us, the small business owners of Roosevelt Row, to collectively market our area as an evolving canvas of creativity. By forming this district we will be able to promote arts, music, dining and shopping opportunities which will increase business and community awareness of Roosevelt Row as a culturally diverse destination welcoming to everyone.
To be clear, the Council’s vote to approve the District is contingent upon us working together to develop by-laws and a budget which reflects our priorities in a fiscally responsible manner. Once those documents are completed the City Council will then review, modify, and/or approve what we submit.
While we are currently in the process of developing those items (budget and by-laws), a lobbying firm, which recently purchased a building on Roosevelt Row, is using its influence to retroactively stop our district from being formed and essentially prohibiting any future Business Improvement Districts from ever being organized again. Public Policy Partners, a lobbying firm owned and operated in part by lobbyist Marcus Dell’Artino, has successfully gotten a Gilbert lawmaker to introduce House Bill 2440, which would essentially prohibit any types of these organizations from ever being organized again anywhere in Arizona! And the bill is retroactively dated to the date our district was approved by Phoenix City Council.
Currently business improvement districts are successfully operating in Downtown Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Tucson and Flagstaff – they have been highly effective in revitalizing these urban core areas by recruiting, retaining and expanding locally-owned and independently operated small businesses and promoting these areas as unique cultural, artistic and commercial destinations. They have proven to be powerful economic engines to spur business and job growth.
If you agree with the Roosevelt Row CDC and would like to voice your support for the BID, follow this link to contact members of the Arizona Legislature: http://www.rooseveltrow.org/save-roosevelt-row/