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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-1Statement from Council District 1District 1AnnO’BrienCouncil District 1 Staff602-262-7444council.district.1@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/70/D1.pngPHXDistrict1

 

 

City of Phoenix Names Joshua Bednarek Planning and Development Department Directorhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2651Planning and Development2/8/2023 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2651/_Newsroom_Joshua.jpgCity of Phoenix Names Joshua Bednarek Planning and Development Department Director<div class="ExternalClass5D22816B0A4F4668BB0D9F275A0341FE"><html> ​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Planning and Development Department Assistant Director Joshua Bednarek will now lead the department as its new Director. Bednarek has been with the City for more than 20 years, 15 of those years with the Planning and Development Department.</span><br> <p>“I am honored to serve as Director of the Planning and Development Department for the City of Phoenix," said Bednarek. “I am excited to lead our incredible team in collaboration with our community to make Phoenix an even greater city."</p> <p>During his time with Planning and Development, Josh oversaw the creation of the City's <a target="_blank" href="/pdd/tod">Transit-Oriented Development</a> policy framework for expanding the light rail system and the related Walkable Urban Code, which supports pedestrian-friendly amenities, business opportunities and more diverse housing options. He oversaw the update of the City's General Plan in 2015, and as Director will oversee the current process of the 2025 update to that plan that will go before voters in November of 2024.   </p> <p>Over the last five years, Josh has been promoted to Deputy Director and then Assistant Director within the department. During this time, Josh led the transition of Planning and Development's public meetings and hearings to virtual formats. He and his team members updated several sections of the Zoning Ordinance including an expansion of the Walkable Urban Code, enhancements to landscape requirements to address the City's tree and shade goals, and the allowance for interior suites with cooking facilities in new residential subdivisions. </p> <p>Josh has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona and a Master's Degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from Arizona State University.</p> <p>​ </p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddNews
Pueblo Grande Museum Opens New Exhibit in Time for Super Bowl Weekendhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2649Parks and Recreation2/6/2023 10:50:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2649/The-Zuni-World-Exhibit.jpgPueblo Grande Museum Opens New Exhibit in Time for Super Bowl Weekend<div class="ExternalClass9E372231FAC74E40AB069E2E7E283AD5"><html> <p>Phoenix residents and visitors in town for Super Bowl are invited to stop by the <a href="https://pueblogrande.org/" target="_blank">Pueblo Grande Museum</a> on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 7-8 p.m. to celebrate the opening of their new exhibit, <em>A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne: The Zuni World.</em><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p>The exhibit, on loan from the <a href="http://www.ashiwi-museum.org/" target="_blank">A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center</a>, uses art as a means for mapping and has become a metaphor for the power of maps. Maps act as a physical expression of one's place in the world and the universe.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p>Over time, the Zuni world has been remapped, with names changed, boundaries drawn, and cultural presence erased. The Zuni World exhibit challenges these assumptions through 31 artistic representations of Zuni maps and places in the Southwest.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p>Representatives from the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center will give a presentation about the exhibit. The presentation will discuss how the A:shiwi/Zuni people continue to carry on the importance of the land their ancestry migrated through and understand their identity is connected to the landscapes that color the region.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p> <em>A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne: The Zuni World </em>will be on display at Pueblo Grande Museum from Feb. 9- Sept. 17.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
Take a Bite Out of Phoenix: City of Phoenix Partners with Local First Arizona to Celebrate Local Foodhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2648Environment & Sustainability2/3/2023 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2648/downtown phoenix.JPGTake a Bite Out of Phoenix: City of Phoenix Partners with Local First Arizona to Celebrate Local Food<div class="ExternalClass3669C6E761BB4CD8AAA863BA947B4852"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">J</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">ust </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">in time for Super Bowl, the City of Phoenix Office of Environmental Programs and Local First Arizona are teaming up to launch its Phoenix: Let's Eat Local! campaign on Feb. 4 celebrating local restaurant owners, farmers, advocates and more to help build stronger food systems in Phoenix communities.</span></p> <p>“I can't think of a better time to launch this campaign," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “There are so many incredible local restaurants in Phoenix that I hope visitors will be able to try while they are here for the big game. Eating local is the ultimate way to get a taste of what Phoenix is about." </p> <p>Several areas were selected to highlight during the campaign due to the diversity of the Phoenix food scene. Roosevelt Row, Melrose, and Grand offer a well-known food community in the downtown Phoenix area, while Miracle Mile continues to emerge. South Phoenix, Maryvale, Eastlake Park and Nuestro Barrios Unidos features unique local neighborhood character and diversity in population.</p> <p>As a part of the campaign's initiative, the City of Phoenix is working towards making sure all residents have access to affordable, healthy local food options. On March 4, 2020, Mayor Kate Gallego and Phoenix City Council approved the 2025 Phoenix Food Action Plan, which features a goal to offer healthy food for all by 2050. </p> <p>“When residents support local food, they are supporting Phoenix communities as well as contributing to a more sustainable city," said Environmental Programs Administrator Nancy Allen. “When Phoenix businesses work together to produce, process and distribute food locally, they are also helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."</p> <p>In addition to connecting residents with local food options, the Phoenix Food Systems Program helps connect Phoenix residents with local farmers and food business owners with resources to grow food and operate a more sustainable business. It also empowers residents by educating them on how to grow their own produce. </p> <p>Residents can learn more about the Phoenix: Let's Eat Local! campaign and see a directory of local eateries in various Phoenix areas by visiting <a href="/oep/phxeatlocal" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/oep/PHXeatlocal​</a>. ​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNews

 

 

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