COVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts Management & Homeland Security10/19/2020 4:15:00 PM Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts<div class="ExternalClass0EF2C448AC7648F3B490591B6EBA29D5"><html> <p>​<strong>We're in this together!</strong> Looking for help? Find information related to the COVID-19 pandemic on this page. Residents with questions about city services and programs are encouraged to call <strong>(602) 262-3111</strong> or e-mail <a href="" target="_blank"></a>​. ​​​​​​​​Phoenix small businesses needing help can call the Phoenix Community and Economic Development hotline at <strong>(602) 262-5040</strong>.</p> <h3>Phoenix Testing Blitz: Free COVID-19 Testing Events</h3> <p> <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399" target="_blank">Find upcoming testing dates and locations, either on-site or with Phoenix's Mobile Testing Van. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Phoenix Requires Face Coverings; Frequently Asked Questions</h3> <p> <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1353" target="_blank">Face masks are still required in the City of Phoenix. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>City of Phoenix Impacted City Services Update</h3> <p> <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054" target="_blank">Learn what's impacted with current city services. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources </h3> <p> <a href="/resources" target="_blank">Additional resources for Phoenix businesses, the workforce, and residents relating to COVID-19. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan</h3> <p> <a href="/COVIDrelief" target="_blank">Information and updates on the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Special Events More Than 50 People </h3> <p> <a href="/citymanager/specialevent" target="_blank">Help slow the spread of COVID-19! Download application to host a Special Event of more than 50 people in Phoenix. Learn more.</a> </p> </html></div> & HS
Phoenix Testing Blitz: Free COVID-19 Testing Events Management & Homeland Security10/19/2020 4:15:00 PM Testing Blitz: Free COVID-19 Testing Events<div class="ExternalClassC4D254E34F544EC49EA0E8E32919FA84"><html> <p>Community partners are holding free COVID-19 testing sites on select dates. Pre-registration is required. Free to all community members. Mobile Testing Van Locations are listed first and Drive-Thru Testing sites are listed further down the page.<span style="color:rgb(191, 0, 113);text-decoration-style:solid;text-decoration-color:rgb(191, 0, 113);">​​</span></p><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><strong></strong><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561"><strong>Related:</strong> Find information related to the COVID-19 virus and City of Phoenix, including testing, resources, and city impacts. <strong>Visit the information page.</strong></a><br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><h2 style="text-align:center;"><span style="color:rgb(191, 0, 113);">COVID-19 Mobile Testing Van</span></h2><p style="text-align:center;">Free testing for everyone. The Mobile Testing Van offers viral and antibody tests with <strong>rapid results within 15 minutes</strong>. Testing is limited. Appointments required.<a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/1455"> Read about the City of Phoenix's Mobile Testing Van</a>.</p><div><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><h3>Monday, Oct. 19, 2020</h3><p>Travis Williams Family Services Center<br>4732 S. Central Ave.Phoenix, AZ 85040<br>Council District 7<br>6:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href=""></a></p><h3>Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020</h3><p>Fry’s Food & Drug Stores<br>850 E. Hatcher Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85020<br>Council District 3<br>6:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href=""></a></p><h3>Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020</h3><p>Black Family and Child Services of Arizona<br>1522 E. Southern Ave.Phoenix, AZ 85042<br>Council District 8<br>6:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href=""></a></p><h3>Friday, Oct. 23, 2020</h3><p>Falcon Park<br>3420 W. Roosevelt St. Phoenix, AZ 85009<br>Council District 4<br>6:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href=""></a></p><h3>Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020</h3><p>Mountain View Community Center<br>1104 E. GroversPhoenix, AZ 85022<br>Council District 2 & 3<br>6:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href=""></a></p><h3>Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020</h3><p>Maryvale Community Center<br>4420 N. 51st Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85031<br>Council District 5<br>6:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href=""></a></p><h3>Monday, Oct. 26, 2020</h3><p>Western Star Park<br>4425 E. Western Star Blvd.Phoenix, AZ 85044<br>Council District 6<br>6:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href=""></a></p><h3>Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020</h3><p>Cholla Library<br>10050 N. Metro Pkwy E. Phoenix, AZ 85051<br>Council District 1<br>6:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href=""></a></p><h3>Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020</h3><p>Fry’s Food & Drug Stores<br>4230 W. McDowell Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85009<br>Council District 4<br>6:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href=""></a></p><h3>Friday, Oct. 30, 2020</h3><p>Fry’s Food & Drug Stores<br>1815 W. Glendale Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021<br>Council District 5<br>6:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href=""></a></p><h3>Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020</h3><p>Matthew Henson Community Center<br>1150 S. 7th Ave.Phoenix, AZ 85007<br>Council District 8<br>6:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Appointments required at: <a target="_blank" href=""></a></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p> </p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><h2 style="text-align:center;line-height:1.4;"><span style="text-align:left;background-color:window;"><font color="#bf0071">Community Drive-Thru Testing<br></font></span><span style="text-align:left;color:windowtext;font-family:calibri;font-size:13.33px;font-weight:normal;background-color:window;">Free testing for everyone. Testing is limited. Appointments required.</span><span style="text-align:left;color:windowtext;font-family:calibri;font-size:13.33px;font-weight:normal;background-color:window;">​</span></h2><h3>Saturday, Oct. 24</h3><p>Betty H. Fairfax High School<br>8225 S. 59th Lane, Laveen, AZ<br>7:00 am – Noon. Register at <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p>Kingdom In the Valley Christian Church <br>11640 N 19th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85029<br>7:00 am – Noon. Register at <a target="_blank" href=""></a><br>or Text “FREE TEST” to 31996 or Call (888) 587-3647</p><p>Osborn Middle School<br>1102 W Highland, Phoenix, AZ 85013 <br>7:00 am – Noon. Register at <a target="_blank" href=""></a><br>or Text “FREE TEST” to 31996 or Call (888) 587-3647    </p><h3>Saturday, November 7</h3><p>Grand Canyon University<br>5115 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85017<br>7:00 am – Noon. Register at <a target="_blank" href=""></a><br>or Text “FREE TEST” to 31996 or Call (888) 587-3647<br> <br>St. Jerome Catholic Church<br>10815 N 35th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85029<br>7:00 am – Noon. Register at <a target="_blank" href=""></a><br>or Text “FREE TEST” to 31996 or Call (888) 587-3647</p><h3>Saturday, November 14</h3><p>El Reposo Park<br>6000 S 7th Street, Phoenix 85042<br>7:00 am – Noon. Register at <a target="_blank" href=""></a><br>or Text “FREE TEST” to 31996 or Call (888) 587-3647<br> <br>Maryvale High School<br>3415 N 59th Ave.,  Phoenix, AZ 85033<br>7:00 am – Noon. Register at <a target="_blank" href=""></a><br>or Text “FREE TEST” to 31996 or Call (888) 587-3647</p><h3>Saturday, November 21</h3><p>Sevilla  Elementary School<br>3851 W Missouri Ave Phoenix, AZ 85019 <br>7:00 am – Noon. Register at <a target="_blank" href=""></a><br>or Text “FREE TEST” to 31996 or Call (888) 587-3647</p><h3>Saturday, December 5       </h3><p>Alhambra High School<br>3839 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85019<br>7:00 am – Noon. Register at <a target="_blank" href=""></a><br>or Text “FREE TEST” to 31996 or Call (888) 587-3647<br> <br>Orangewood Elementary<br>7337 N 19th Ave., Phoenix AZ 85021<br>7:00 am – Noon. Register at <a target="_blank" href=""></a><br>or Text “FREE TEST” to 31996 or Call (888) 587-3647</p><h3>Saturday, December 5</h3><p>Espiritu Community Development<br>4848 S 2nd St, Phoenix AZ 85040<br>7:00 am – Noon. Register at <a target="_blank" href=""></a><br>or Text “FREE TEST” to 31996 or Call (888) 587-3647</p><p>Ed Pastor Elementary School<br>2101 W Alta Vista Rd, Phoenix AZ 85041<br>7:00 am – Noon. Register at <a target="_blank" href=""></a><br>or Text “FREE TEST” to 31996 or Call (888) 587-3647</p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><p>  </p><h4>Media Contact</h4><p>Tamra Ingersoll<br>Cell: (602) 376-3981<br>Email <a target="_blank" href=""></a></p></div> </html></div> & HS
Last Day to Request an Early Ballot Quickly Approaching Clerk10/19/2020 9:00:00 PM Day to Request an Early Ballot Quickly Approaching<div class="ExternalClass6EC02E85251E486C92B1E51C9B7CFEF9"><html> <p>Friday, Oct. 23, is the last day for registered voters to request an early ballot by mail for the upcoming City of Phoenix Mayor and Council Election. In this election, voters who reside in the City of Phoenix will elect a Mayor and decide on a ballot measure related to the Alternative Expenditure Limitation (Home Rule). Additionally, voters residing in City Council Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 will elect Council Members.</p> <p>Individuals who wish to vote in person rather than by mail, can visit any voting site. Voting sites are available at this time through Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Hours of operation may vary by location. On Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020, voting sites will be open to voters from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Locations are designated throughout the county and can be found by visiting <a href="" target="_blank">Locations.Maricopa.Vote</a> or calling 602-506-1511. Voters are required to provide identification at in-person voting locations before receiving a ballot.</p> <p>Make sure you and everyone you know is <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>#BallotReady!</p> <p>For more information on the upcoming election visit <a href="/cityclerk/elections/" target="_blank"></a>, call 602-261-VOTE (8683), email or follow us on Twitter <a href="" target="_blank">@PHXClerk</a>.</p> </html></div> Clerk
Phoenix PD Combat Rising Crime, Homicides Up 44% 8:00:00 PM PD Combat Rising Crime, Homicides Up 44%<div class="ExternalClass8E82D13C0BAF4889A00F2C1DBFB8A0FD"><html> <p>More than 12 dozen people have lost their lives in Phoenix this year at the hands of someone else.   The rising homicide rate reflects 148 people whose untimely death has been ruled a homicide.  Hundreds of families and friends are left with an empty seat at the table that can never be filled.</p><p><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/UCR%20Homicide%202020.png" style="margin:5px;width:535px;height:535px;vertical-align:auto;float:none;" /></p><p>The Phoenix Police Department is responding to this trend of deadly acts of gun violence, gang activity and domestic violence.  </p><p>Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) numbers for January through September show a more than 40% increase in homicides compared to the same time last year.  The summer months (July-Sept) have been particularly dangerous, with the number of homicides more than doubling from the same three months last year.  <br><br><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Cities%20Homicide%202020.png" style="margin:5px;width:535px;height:535px;vertical-align:auto;float:none;" /></p><p>The increase seen in Phoenix mirrors a trend happening in major cities across the United States.<br><br>Chicago has seen the largest increase, up 50% percent this year.  But there are double digit increases in nearly all the largest cities in America.  </p><p><strong style="font-size:13pt;">VICTIMS</strong><br><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Victims%20Homicide%202020.png" style="margin:5px;width:535px;height:535px;vertical-align:auto;float:none;" /></p><p>Who are these 148 victims?  In a city with slightly more women than men, the victims of homicide are far more likely to be male.  Racially, the City of Phoenix has roughly the same number of white and Hispanics, each making up about 43% of the population.  However, Hispanics make up nearly half of the victims of homicide, with Blacks next at 26%, a number that is almost four times greater than the 7% of overall City population.  Whites make up 21% of the victims with Native Americas at 4% and Asians 2%.<br><br><strong style="font-size:13pt;">SUSPECTS</strong><br><br><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Suspects%20Homicide%202020.png" style="margin:5px;width:535px;height:535px;vertical-align:auto;float:none;" /></p><p>In nearly one-third of the homicides in 2020, police do not know the gender or race of the suspect.  This could be due to limited evidence, lack of witnesses or uncooperative witnesses.  Where the identity of the suspect is known, it is 6 times more likely to be a man.  Hispanics make up 27% of the suspects, with black suspects at 22% and white at 17%.<br><br><strong style="font-size:13pt;">GANGS & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE</strong><br style="font-size:13pt;">Motivations behind the violence are not always clear, but the numbers show gang-related homicides have more than tripled over last year and domestic violence deaths have jumped from 12 in 2019 to 35 so far this year.<br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Gang%20DV%20Homicide%202020.png" style="margin:5px;width:535px;height:535px;vertical-align:auto;float:none;" /><br>The Phoenix Police Department is combating the trend, partnering with other law enforcement agencies on initiatives that focus on the most dangerous and violent criminals.  The department is also supporting the Domestic Violence Help! and Paint Phoenix Purple campaigns designed to raise awareness of resources available for victims of domestic violence.<br><br><span style="font-size:13pt;"><strong>CRIME INITIATIVES</strong></span><br style="font-size:13pt;"><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Snake%20Eyes%20Gun.png" style="margin:5px;width:238px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />The Phoenix Police Department partnered with other agencies throughout August and September in a joint law enforcement operation focused on gang members, violent criminals and communities struggling with gun-related crimes.  The initiative lead to 140 arrests with 131 firearms and $145,831 in cash seized.  Officers also removed 3,027 counterfeit Fentanyl pills from the streets.<br><br>A Grand Jury recently indicted more than 30 people as part of an initiative that started after citizen complaints about crime activity in an area around a school and park at 17th Avenue & Pima Street.  The indictment includes charges for sale of illegal drugs, money laundering, and assisting a criminal street gang.<br><br>Project Safe Neighborhoods involves the community and police working together to address crime trends.  This program is currently operating in the South Mountain Precinct, focused on violence happening in the area of 20th Street & Southern.  As of the end of September, the program resulted in more than 100 felony charges with 14 guns seized and 9 stolen vehicles recovered.<br><br>“Investigations like these bring many partners together to address common crime trends in each of our cities," said Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams.  “Working with intelligence driven information allows us to specifically target those individuals who are responsible for crime which often result in violence."<br><br><strong style="font-size:13pt;">DOMESTIC VIOLENCE<br></strong>Not only have the number of domestic violence related homicides risen dramatically in 2020, but the number of calls related to domestic violence has also increased.</p><p>That's why the City of Phoenix launched a “<a target="_blank" href=""><span style="color:purple;">Domestic Violence Help</span></a><span style="color:purple;">!" </span>campaign in April. <br>Survivors <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/police/1159"><span style="color:purple;">shared their stories</span></a> of getting help.  Media partners across the valley helped spread the message on radio, TV and billboards to let the community know help is available.<br><br><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Paint%20Phoenix%20Purple.png" style="margin:5px;width:282px;height:267px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" />October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  <a target="_blank" href=""><span style="color:purple;">Paint Phoenix Purple</span></a> is a local awareness campaign that brings together more than 50 community, private and public organizations.  The groups have partnered to create a <a target="_blank" href=""><span style="color:purple;">Road Map to Excellence: Making the City of Phoenix a National Leader in Preventing and Ending Domestic Violence.</span></a>  The month-long Paint Phoenix Purple campaign also includes virtual classes, a virtual run/walk and a social media campaign to #PaintPHXPurple, designed to reach more people on social media with a message of resources for help.<br><br>Those resources include:</p><ul><li><a target="_blank" href="/humanservices/programs/victims/fac"><span style="color:purple;">The Family Advocacy Center</span></a>: 602-534-2120, 2120 N Central Ave. 2nd Floor, Phoenix</li><li>Find a list of resources at <a target="_blank" href="/police/domesticviolence"><span style="color:purple;"></span></a></li><li><a target="_blank" href=""><span style="color:purple;">National Domestic Violence Hotline</span></a><span style="color:purple;">:</span> 800 799-SAFE (7233)</li><li><a target="_blank" href=""><span style="color:purple;">Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence</span></a><span style="color:purple;"> </span></li><li>Remember if you can't speak you can text 911</li></ul><br><span style="font-size:13pt;"><strong>MAPPING CRIME HOTSPOTS<br></strong></span>This map shows the hot spots for homicides in 2020.  You can see that while no area is immune, the I-10 & I-17 corridors see a greater impact.  The Phoenix Police Department posts a variety of crime statistics including Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR), bias crimes and crime hotspot maps.  You can also view crime maps and neighborhood crime counts in your neighborhood or place of business through the interactive <a target="_blank" href="/police/resources-information/crime-stats-maps"><span style="color:purple;">LexisNexis Community Crime Map </span></a>hosted on the police department's website.<br><p><span style="line-height:107%;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:18pt;"><font color="#000000"><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Homicide%20Hotspots.png" style="margin:5px;" /></font></span></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></html></div>
Neighborhood Vision Becoming a Next-Generation Revitalization Reality and Economic Development10/16/2020 5:15:00 PM Vision Becoming a Next-Generation Revitalization Reality<div class="ExternalClass8FD6B33640D448E085C93C0AE988899C"><html> <p style="text-align:center;"> <em>By Eric Jay Toll for the PhxNewsroom</em> </p> <p>The parking lot is bustling, as cars jostle for a position after turning in from 27th or Northern avenues. Pedestrians, families and students angle their way onto the 10-acre property on Northern Avenue just off Interstate 17. Revamped streetscape, sidewalks and bike lanes are active for those enjoying neighborhood walkability.</p> <p>Jeff Spellman and Gabe Saia stand at the corner, looking at the results of community effort. They’re looking at an artifact of ancient big-box retail. Now it shines as a community beacon, a catalyst bringing jobs, training and education to a stabilizing, thriving neighborhood.</p> <p>Incubator filled with community-born fledgling businesses. Check.</p> <p>Resources for business support and success. Check.</p> <p>Multiple local paths to careers through training and education. Check.</p> <p>Job creation aligned with the community next door. Check.</p> <p>A tangible sense of place that a neighborhood wanted. Check.</p> <p>It all means check marks on the “27th Avenue To-Do List” with the food innovation, education and job training center that opens in Fall 2021. Spellman and Saia see what happens when a neighborhood pumps ideas into adapting an old building for new uses to serve the community. </p> <p> <strong style="font-size:24px;">A Family Investing in their Neighborhood’s Future</strong> </p> <p>“When our family bought the Kmart (2526 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix) in 2003, we knew the retailer’s days were numbered,” said Saia, property owner and member of Saia Family Limited Partnership. “At I-17 and Northern, it has good visibility and access. It is good dirt. We always believed it could be reused to a higher and better use than a retail department store and serve our community.”</p> <p>It’s also what happens when diverse neighborhood groups list what the community needs for the future. The loose association formed several years ago for the Phoenix Police VIP Coalition Action Plan. The program, which included strategic planning, among other goals, was designed to support neighborhood and business revitalization efforts. The Police Department’s VIP program was the foundation for creating this neighborhood-driven sense of place. </p> <p>Saia said the family couldn’t believe the retailer lasted until October 2018. Then it closed, and it was time to turn the investment.</p> <p>“I was getting calls from storage companies wanting to convert the 118,000-square-foot building into self-storage,” Saia said. “It just didn’t seem like converting from a retail store to self-storage would benefit the community. We didn’t have any ideas, though. Home Depot, Lowes, other big box stores said the location was good but that the big box store was no longer in demand. Then Jeff called.”</p> <p> <strong style="font-size:24px;">The Community as the Visionaries</strong> </p> <p>Spellman has been a community activist in the 27th Avenue Corridor for 25 years. He and other like-minded neighborhood groups see the area as riddled with opportunities waiting to happen.</p> <p>“I saw the real estate signs and called the number,” Spellman said. “I was surprised when the owner answered it.”</p> <p>Saia said that the first conversation started a series of meetings and calls leading to the community-driven concept: food innovation, education, startup and training center. </p> <p>“There were no ‘aha’ moments,” the owner said. “Jeff and I talked, the community had ideas, and then Winco was interested in the site.”</p> <p>The Idaho-based discount grocery chain liked the location, the tens of thousands of families nearby, and the community support for a discount food store. Spellman and neighborhood leaders were excited.</p> <p>“It’s what was wanted,” Saia said. “Winco was the perfect tenant, and we worked to close the deal.”</p> <p>Great location, everyone agreed. Plus, right next door to the 10.5-acre Black Canyon Shopping Center is Washington Elementary School. Winco may have been the perfect tenant, and the community wanted the store, but proximity to the school was a roadblock. It meant no liquor sales.</p> <p>“Grocery stores cannot survive without liquor sales,” said Saia. “The Winco deal fell through.”</p> <p>That community disappointment brought out the thinking caps.</p> <p>“Things just sort of evolved after that,” said Spellman.</p> <p> <strong style="font-size:24px;">The Five-Mile Vibe</strong> </p> <p>Joining the conversation, Washington Elementary School District Superintendent Paul Stanton told community leaders that the area's biggest challenge was a lack of stability. Some said that families seemed to be passing through instead of settling down.<br></p> <p> <img src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/EconomyUpdate/27TH-AVENUE-20201016-Washington-Elementary-School-03.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:495px;" /> <br> </p> <p> <em>Washington Elementary School on 27th Avenue. </em>Image by City of Phoenix.<br></p> <p>“I grew up in this neighborhood. This is home. I wanted families living here to have the same opportunities for their kids as I did,” said Stanton. “It’s a matter of opening doors and giving opportunities. Kids can go after their oyster, and they can do most of it right here.”</p> <p>Times changed, and the feeling is that families do not believe the area offers a long-term future.</p> <p>“Dr. Stanton told us that the ability of students to see a path to success was crucial to turning the area into a desirable neighborhood,” said Saia. </p> <p>“We wanted to have open doors to high-paying opportunities, support for kids’ entrepreneur spirits, and even ways their parents could retool to better jobs with long-term prospects,” Stanton said. “It’s the five-mile vibe. Many young people settle as adults within five miles of where they grew up. I want their parents to set roots, so the kids want to come back and bring us a new generation close to family.”</p> <p>Spellman picks up the thread, “The idea of a community center with business startup resources, training, education opportunities and career certifications started to jell. We went to (Phoenix Planning and Development Director) Alan Stephenson with the idea and the question, ‘how do we make this work?’”</p> <p>“Jeff and others came to me with hopes for a broad community plan,” said Stephenson. “We worked with the to narrow the focus to what was most important. That resulted in helping them with the 27th Avenue To-Do List.”</p> <p>Stephenson and the Phoenix Planning & Development staff helped put the critical points into a flyer Spellman and others use to show what needs to be accomplished. This came about as a new council member was representing District 5.</p> <p>It wasn’t long after that District 5 City Council candidate and now Phoenix Vice Mayor, Betty Guardado, started hearing about the center during her office campaign in 2019.</p> <p>“Jeff (Spellman) came to me and told me about the project and the 27th Avenue To-Do List,” she said. “When I was elected (this project) was my very first meeting. It’s number one on my district priority list.”</p> <p> <strong style="font-size:24px;">The 48-Hour Difference</strong> </p> <p>“(Vice Mayor) Guardado was instrumental in connecting us with city resources and brought (Phoenix Community and Economic Development Director) Christine Mackay into the process,” recalls Spellman.</p> <p>Mackay chuckles at the recollection of the first meeting with the group, “I told them this needed some real thought; on the surface, I thought it just wasn’t feasible: Wrong building. Wrong location. Wrong project. I asked the group to give me the weekend.”</p> <p>Those 48 hours were game changers for the project and what it means. </p> <p>“This isn’t just something that will help a neighborhood,” said Mackay. “It’s a turning point for the city and is a global model for the future of the workforce.”</p> <p>The 27th Avenue center is not just a cutting-edge concept; it’s a next-generation development.</p> <p>“This is a project where adaptive reuse, community revitalization and the workforce of the future collide,” said Mackay. “Even now, while we’re locking down the deal, the idea is inspiring to developers looking at nearby Metrocenter and the whole I-17 employment corridor. A ‘next-gen’ development like this meets tomorrow’s workforce needs right now.”</p> <p> <strong style="font-size:24px;">A Steppingstone to Tomorrow</strong> </p> <p>Vice Mayor Guardado sees the 27th Avenue center as a significant steppingstone for changing the community. </p> <p>“In this area, families may not be able to afford to send their children to college,” she said. “We needed to offer a different path to training and education. With the center, we have found a long-term opportunity for the community.”</p> <p>Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego sees the project as a model usable elsewhere in the city.</p> <p>“This Innovation Center is a welcome revitalization to the current property and the neighborhoods around it. The community advocated for their vision to create an innovative center that will provide jobs and education training, and I am proud of the action we are taking to address those needs,” said the mayor. “Our city is continually maturing, changing, and looking ahead. This project highlights the very best of Phoenix.”</p> <p>Mackay believes that the challenge of revitalization is finding the visionary who wants to be first. “In this situation, the community is the visionary,” said Mackay. “It is their passion for this project that makes it not just viable for the neighborhood, but something that benefits the entire city.”</p> <p>Bringing the 27th Avenue center to fruition required the landowner to share the community’s passion.</p> <p>“The vision of potential buyers just doesn’t fit with the neighborhood,” said Saia. “I just didn’t see 118,000 square feet of storage with a couple of employees being helpful to the neighborhood over the long term. I wanted something that would be there 10, even 20 years down the road.”</p> <p> <strong style="font-size:24px;">Revitalization Without Gentrification</strong> </p> <p>“Many neighborhoods revitalize through gentrification,” said Stanton, referring to the process where edge areas are revitalized by new families moving in for well-priced housing, renovating homes, and raising prices. Actions that force out long-time families out of the neighborhood. “I wanted to revitalize my community by showing today’s kids; there is a future right here in the neighborhood. It’s all about opening doors.”</p> <p>“Gabe told me he didn’t know what his family wanted to do with the property, but that they wanted it to be something meaningful for the long term,” said Spellman. “So, we started talking.”</p> <p>The timing couldn’t have been better. It was 2019, and Kmart shut its doors a year earlier. The neighborhood groups behind the Phoenix Police VIP program decided it was time to do something different.</p> <p>“It was time to stop playing ‘Whack-a-Mole,’” said Spellman. “We were constantly trying to stop problems, but problems would go away and return. It was time to start looking ahead to something positive.”</p> <p>The newly-elected councilwoman for District 5 shared that passion.</p> <p>“This was something that is a real resource to the community,” she said. “It’s a catalyst to more housing. The center is an opportunity to bring everyone together under a roof to teach, live, and be part of this community.”</p> <p> <strong style="font-size:24px;">Nothing's Stopping the Momentum</strong> <br> </p> <p>The momentum was starting to build. The idea of merely offering food innovation centers with associated job-training, business startup incubation, and lifelong learning turned into a community-revitalization center.</p> <p>“It had to be something to be an aspiration for today’s students, said Stanton. “I like the idea of a student walking out of Washington Elementary School looking at this building and knowing that whatever they want, the opportunity is in this building, in their neighborhood. This is what’s going to turn us around. I want kids to go to school here to come back to raise a family and send their kids to school here.”</p> <p>“We changed the marketing effort,” Mackay said. “Instead of highlighting a vacant building, we started talking as if the center were open and serving the neighborhood. We talked about the tenants, the creative ways to finance the project, and how its opportunities would be a magnet to economic development throughout the whole I-17 corridor.”</p> <p>Dr. Stanton’s doors to the future envision a one-stop center open for certificates, training, and degrees from West-MEC, Maricopa Community Colleges and Arizona State University. The community had an even broader vision.</p> <p> <strong style="font-size:24px;">‘Ghost Kitchen’ on Steroids</strong> </p> <p> <em></em> <img src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/EconomyUpdate/27TH-AVENUE-20201016-Future-Ghost-Kitchen.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:495px;" /> </p> <p> <em>A 10,000-square-foot outlier will be expanded to 25,000 square feet to become the ghost kitchen. </em>Image by City of Phoenix.<br></p> <p>Across the country, “ghost” kitchens were starting to appear. No one is making Halloween treats—well, they might. The ghost kitchen is like a shared workspace for restaurants and food companies. Owners rent micro kitchens from which they prepare meals for delivery or take out. There is no dining room. Multiple restaurants will use portions of the same kitchen.</p> <p>The ghost kitchen provides jobs, training opportunities, restaurant startup potential, and a place for making food products to package for resale. The neighborhood envisioned it taking most of the square footage in the old retail building. Many ideas were floating about. It made finding focus like nailing Jell-O to the wall.</p> <p>The task to find form and substance was assigned to Maricopa Community Colleges and consultant Russ Yelton. </p> <p>“The cost of creating a ghost kitchen inside the big box was extremely expensive,” said Yelton, president of Yelton and Associates. “It would take more than a third of the $15 million budget to accommodate just the plumbing and exhaust vents. That price doesn’t even include the kitchen equipment.”</p> <p> <strong style="font-size:24px;">Every Bump a New Opportunity</strong> </p> <p>With momentum growing for the 27th Avenue center, every bump in the road turned into a new opportunity. Saia owns an adjoining parcel with a 10,000 square-foot building. More efficiency came from moving from the ghost kitchen into the outlying building. The outlier building will be more than doubled in size to around 25,000 square feet.</p> <p>“What the community has put together here is the trendy food innovation center on steroids,” Yelton said. “The center is a central part of the neighborhood and will keep kids here when they finish high school.”</p> <p>Mackay says that the overall program and facility are ways of creating the workforce of the future. Vice Mayor Guardado believes the center will have something for everyone. Saia, the owner, feels the 27th Avenue center is the kind of legacy his family wants for the area.</p> <p>“We’re going to have pathways for everyone,” said Yelton. “With high school technical training, certification programs, associate and bachelor degree programs, the center will be an opportunity for lifelong opportunity.”</p> <p>Dr. Stanton said that the focus is on providing kids choices for long-term, forecastable careers and jobs.</p> <p>“Something will be here, so they will want to stay in the neighborhood and bring a new and younger generation,” he said. “This adds 30 to 40 years of generational stability. But it’s not just for the kids. Parents who want to retool into new careers will also be users of the center.”</p> <p> <strong style="font-size:24px;">A Natural Partnership, An Unlimited Future</strong> </p> <p>Providing the education opportunities is a natural for West-MEC, MCC and ASU. The three higher education organizations are ironing out their combined roles of training the next generation of workforce and providing opportunities to grow the current workforce into retooled careers.</p> <p>“The ghost kitchen fits right into this,” Yelton said. “We’re paving an education pathway that provides opportunities for new restaurants to open without the substantial expenses of a dining room. It also provides job opportunities for the neighborhood.”</p> <p>“It’s my hope that the three schools will offer training and education in sectors with good career opportunities 10 to 15 years down the road,” Stanton said. “I can see that the student could start down one road, and changes in the economy or business allows them to retool into a new career. Their parents can get advanced training now or retool into a new career.”</p> <p>Mackay says that the 27th Avenue center is the way to grow jobs for the city. With the various programs under one roof, the adaptive facility covers all spectrums of education and community growth.</p> <p>“Having this type of resource to help businesses form says to the owners, ‘it’s okay to try and fail, and we can help you try and succeed again,’” she said. “The more you think about the possibilities the center creates, the more passionate everyone is becoming to get across the finish line.”</p> <p>Guardado and Mackay are confident that November will be a significant milestone for the project.</p> <p> <img src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/EconomyUpdate/27TH-AVENUE-20201016-Washington-Elementary-School-02.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:495px;" /> <br> <em></em>Image by City of Phoenix.​<br></p> </html></div>
Paint Phoenix Purple Domestic Violence Awareness Show 3:00:00 PM Phoenix Purple Domestic Violence Awareness Show<div class="ExternalClassD4548C0E5FC5440D830D3B83B7B48A84"><html> <p>​October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the city of Phoenix along with the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence and other community partners is doing their part to educate the community about the dangers of abuse and where to seek assistance. This half-hour show highlights the great work the city’s Family Advocacy Center and other departments are doing to help victims. Meet two survivors and advice they have for those who may be living in abuse. There is hope and help. </p> <p> <br>Domestic Violence 24- Hour Hotline 1-800-799-7233<br>For more info:<br>​<br></p> </html></div>Video
Closing the Digital Divide - Open Door with Councilmember Carlos Garcia Council District 810/16/2020 7:00:00 AM the Digital Divide - Open Door with Councilmember Carlos Garcia<div class="ExternalClass9621FB56D4FF42D8851EFA8E7D0E2EFB"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><span style="font-family:roboto, noto, sans-serif;font-size:15px;white-space:pre-wrap;">On this episode of Open Door, Councilmember Garcia talks to Phoenix resident Silvia Esquivel, who recently received a tablet through a Housing Department program to help close the digital divide. Councilmember Garcia also provides an update on a recent initiative to bring better free Wi-Fi services to residents.</span>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> </html></div> 8CarlosGarcia
Phoenix Offers Free Flu Shots Works (Trash and Recycling)10/15/2020 7:00:00 PM Offers Free Flu Shots <div class="ExternalClass2C390A7933C44D309DA484E895D5727E"><html> <p>​</p> <p>With funding assistance from Maricopa County, the city of Phoenix, along with medical partner <a href="" target="_blank">Passport Health</a>, will offer flu shots at no cost to the community on Saturdays, Oct. 17 and 24. No insurance is required to receive this service. <br></p> <p>This flu vaccination service is in addition to the no-cost COVID-19 tests already being offered by the city of Phoenix since May. </p> <h3>Flu shots will be administered at the following locations and times: </h3><p>10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17<br>​Desert West Park, 6602 W. Encanto Blvd.​<br></p><p>10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17<br>Cesar Chavez Park, 7858 S. 35th Ave.<br></p><p>10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24<br>El Reposo Park, 502 E. Alta Vista Road<br><br>Insurance is not required, but community members interested in receiving the flu shot are encouraged to pre-register online at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.​<br></p><p>Phoenix's medical partner, Passport Health, is a Phoenix-based company and the leading provider of travel medicine and immunization services in North America. The company's medical staff are accustomed to administering a large inventory of vaccines to various clients through their clinic network throughout the U.S. ​</p><p>For updated information locations to get free flu shots hosted by the city of Phoenix, visit <a href="/newsroom" target="_blank">​</a>.<br></p></html></div> Works





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