District 1 Councilwoman Ann O'Brien

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Phoenix City Council Approves Metrocenter Redevelopmenthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-1/2569City Council District 111/16/2022 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2569/Newsroom_Council_Statement_01.jpgPhoenix City Council Approves Metrocenter Redevelopment<div class="ExternalClass5385A0C99FD04877A729E490524B53DE"><html> <p>​By a 6-2 vote, Phoenix City Council has passed the last required vote for Metrocenter to enter into redevelopment.</p> <p>Almost 50 years ago Metrocenter Mall opened its doors, and for many Phoenicians served as the backdrop for their formative years. Housing five department stores, a food court and an indoor ice rink during the winter months, Metrocenter Mall was a crown jewel west of the Mississippi River. Metrocenter even made its debut on the silver screen in movies such as “Take Me Home Tonight” (2011) and cult classics like “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (1989).</p> <p>“I have fond memories of Metrocenter Mall,” said Councilwoman Ann O’Brien. “One of my first jobs was at Park Lane Hosiery in the mall and I remember the many nights my friends and I spent cruising around the mall. Although those times are gone, I’m incredibly excited for what’s to come for the entire Metro region.”</p> <p>As the decades passed, Metrocenter fell into disrepair, and like all megamalls across the country, stores started to close. During the last part of 2021, the City announced the development plans and conceptual designs for the future of Metrocenter. Development partners, Concord Wilshire Capital, TLG Investment Partners, and Hines Development, will bring a mixed-use community over three phases. The new development will feature multi-family housing, restaurant space, retail space with a main street vibe, and an amphitheater park opened to the public and pets.</p> <p>“In addition to the redevelopment of Metrocenter itself, we're moving swiftly toward the day when light rail will stop right at the mall's doorstep," said Mayor Kate Gallego. "With excellent housing, transit, business and retail options all in one place, Metrocenter will once again be a vibrant hub for the northwestern part of our city." </p> <p>“I want to thank Councilwoman O’Brien and Community and Economic Development Director Chris Mackay for ensuring this project crossed the finish line,” said former Councilwoman Thelda Williams. “I’m excited to have Metrocenter become a crown jewel of Phoenix once again.”</p> <p>Today’s vote marks yet another mall redevelopment which Phoenix has become nationally recognized for – joining Paradise Valley Mall and Park Central.</p> <p>“This redevelopment is just the first of so much more to come to the Metro region,” said O’Brien. “With this investment, we’ll be able to attract more partners interested in working with community members to completely revitalize the Metro District – making it cleaner and safer for everyone.”<br></p> <p> <strong>Media Contact:</strong> Derrik Rochwalik, Council District 1 Chief of Staff, 480-202-7347</p> <p> <strong>About District 1</strong> <br>District 1 is located in northwest Phoenix. The southern boundary is Northern Avenue and the northern boundary is just north of New River Road. The district shares a boundary to the west with the cities of Glendale and Peoria, and the eastern boundary aligns with the I-17 Freeway. At Bell Road, the district extends east to 19th Avenue and incorporates the Deer Valley Airport north of the Loop 101 Freeway. Councilwoman Ann O’Brien was elected in November 2020 and took office April 2021. Her primary issue focus areas are public safety with an emphasis on supporting law enforcement, redevelopment of Metrocenter mall area in her district, roads and transportation, and education. For more information, please visit <a href="/district1" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/district1" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/District1</a>.</p> <p>If you would like more information about this topic, please call the District 1 Office at 602-262-7444 or email at <a href="mailto:council.district.1@phoenix.gov" data-cke-saved-href="mailto:council.district.1@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">council.district.1@phoenix.gov</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district1Newsdistrict-1
Phoenix City Council Reaches Decision on Park Security Itemhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-1/2550City Council District 111/3/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2550/Newsroom_Council_Statement_01.jpgPhoenix City Council Reaches Decision on Park Security Item<div class="ExternalClassC890EA13D74E40C59482BCF73F1BB75C"><html> <div>​Phoenix, AZ, November 2, 2022 – The Phoenix Mayor and City Council voted YES today to approve a <a href="/newsroom/district-1/2524" target="_blank">progra​m​</a> to increase private security and surveillance in a number of parks throughout the city that are considered the most at risk for dangerous and illegal activity.  The program was proposed to address ongoing issues raised by citizens who are concerned with public safety in the face of staff shortages among city police and state park rangers. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Proposed as a pilot program that will be implemented in at least one park per district, the security initiative will place unarmed private security as an added patrol effort in each area to deter and monitor illegal and dangerous activity. It is an expansion of a similar program that is already in use at three parks in the more urban center of downtown. Council hopes that the program will function as a temporary solution until the city can increase recruitment and retention of rangers and officers or develop a more holistic approach to what is indeed a systemic issue in our city. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The initiative, sponsored by Councilmembers O’Brien, Stark, DiCiccio, and Waring, was originally set to go to Council for voting last month, but was continued in order to allow the Phoenix Parks Department additional time to review the program details.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“In a time when we are dangerously low on park rangers and police officers, we need every tool in our tool belt to help keep our communities safe. It’s time we expand our security services past just the three parks located downtown. If it’s good enough for downtown Phoenix, it’s good enough for our neighborhoods,” said Councilwoman Ann O’Brien.<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Media Contact:</strong> Derrik Rochwalik, District 1 Chief of Staff, (480)202-7347<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>About District 1</strong> </div> <div>District 1 is located in northwest Phoenix. The southern boundary is Northern Avenue and the northern boundary is just north of New River Road. The district shares a boundary to the west with the cities of Glendale and Peoria, and the eastern boundary aligns with the I-17 Freeway. At Bell Road, the district extends east to 19th Avenue and incorporates the Deer Valley Airport north of the Loop 101 Freeway. Councilwoman Ann O’Brien was elected in November of 2020 and took office April 2021. Her primary issue focus areas are public safety with an emphasis on supporting law enforcement, redevelopment of Metrocenter mall area in her district, roads and transportation, and education. For more information, please visit https://www.phoenix.gov/district1.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>###</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>If you would like more information about this topic, please call the District 1 Office at (602) 262-7444 or email at council.district.1@phoenix.gov.<br></div> <br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district1Newsdistrict-1
Coalition of Councilmembers Call for Adding Phoenix Park Security Expansion to Council Agendahttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-1/2524City Council District 110/11/2022 7:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2524/Newsroom_Council_Statement_01 (002).jpgCoalition of Councilmembers Call for Adding Phoenix Park Security Expansion to Council Agenda<div class="ExternalClass41980EF7635D4EE3BFE3D65851C2DAD8"><html> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“Our parks are a place where neighbors can gather; where pickup games of basketball, soccer, and other sports can be played; where birthday parties and family reunions can be set up under ramadas. They provide an outlet for kids to exude their energy in a positive manner. Our parks are cornerstones of our neighborhoods.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">They deserve to be safe environments.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Yesterday evening, together with Councilman Jim Waring, Councilwoman Debra Stark, and Councilman Sal DiCiccio, I submitted a memo to City Staff requesting an item be added to the upcoming Formal Council Meeting to discuss expanding private security patrols in some of our parks with the highest volume of concerned citizen calls.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">In a time when we are dangerously low on Park Rangers and Police Officers, we need every tool in our toolbelt to help keep our communities safe. It’s time we expand our security services past just the three parks located downtown. If it’s good enough for Downtown Phoenix, it’s good enough for our neighborhoods.”​</span> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district1Newsdistrict-1



​Councilwoman Thelda Williams

 

 

On the Issues with Councilwoman Thelda Williams - Animal and Domestic Violence and Deer Valley Airport5067https://i.ytimg.com/vi/wU1sJ3lQm3g/hqdefault.jpgOn the Issues with Councilwoman Thelda Williams - Animal and Domestic Violence and Deer Valley Airporthttps://www.phoenix.gov/phxtv/video/Video/5067On this episode of "On the Issues," Councilwoman Thelda Williams discusses the connection between domestic violence and animal abuse with City Prosecutor Vicki Hill and Elizabeth Ortiz of the Arizona Prosecuting Attorney's Advisory Council. Later in the show, Councilwoman Williams sits down with Deer Valley Airport Manager Ed Faron to discuss development at Deer Valley Airport, including hanger development, west perimeter road reconstruction, new signage and more.0x0120D520A8080024BEB85F89C3F04A914B972402332B7A00CAE6754F5A4FF84B9A33352EE2524CFAtext/html; charset=utf-8 PHX11Video
On the Issues with Councilwoman Thelda Williams - K9 Dogs with the Fire and Police Departments6466https://i.ytimg.com/vi/0DXGgutNcEU/hqdefault.jpgOn the Issues with Councilwoman Thelda Williams - K9 Dogs with the Fire and Police Departmentshttps://www.phoenix.gov/phxtv/video/Video/6466On this edition of On the Issues, Councilwoman Thelda Williams talks with Capt. Robby Simpson of the Phoenix Fire Department about Sonny, an Accelerant Detection K9, the newest member of the Fire Investigations Unit. Then Councilwoman Williams meets Jax, a police K9 and his handler, Officer Lisa Fisher and finds out how K9 officers in the Police Department assist Police Officers. The show ends with "Williams 'n Wags", a new segment with Kelsey Dickerson from the Arizona Humane Society, featuring Sparky, a senior pup that is available for adoption. #K9 #pets #dogs0x0120D520A8080024BEB85F89C3F04A914B972402332B7A00CAE6754F5A4FF84B9A33352EE2524CFAtext/html; charset=utf-8 PHX11Video
Domestic Violence Awareness - Paint Phoenix Purple - Councilmember Thelda Williams6713https://i.ytimg.com/vi/xEnqEvWmuIM/hqdefault.jpgDomestic Violence Awareness - Paint Phoenix Purple - Councilmember Thelda Williamshttps://www.phoenix.gov/phxtv/video/Video/6713Domestic Violence is one of the most widespread and dangerous health and safety challenges in our community today. Paint Phoenix Purple is a local awareness campaign brought to you by a collaboration of more than 50 community, private, and public organizations. For more information: http://paintphoenixpurple.org/ 0x0120D520A8080024BEB85F89C3F04A914B972402332B7A00CAE6754F5A4FF84B9A33352EE2524CFAtext/html; charset=utf-8 PHX11Video
On the Issues with Councilwoman Thelda Williams - Catching Up With the Arizona Humane Society6842https://i.ytimg.com/vi/0O6ehtCvlkA/hqdefault.jpgOn the Issues with Councilwoman Thelda Williams - Catching Up With the Arizona Humane Societyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/phxtv/video/Video/6842On this edition of On the Issues, Councilwoman Thelda Williams catches up with Bretta Nelson from the Arizona Humane Society to discuss all of the great work the Humane Society is doing for animals in the community. Councilwoman Williams also meets Baxter, a two year old pup that is available for adoption.0x0120D520A8080024BEB85F89C3F04A914B972402332B7A00CAE6754F5A4FF84B9A33352EE2524CFAtext/html; charset=utf-8 PHX11Video


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