December 15, 2011
The grant’s objective is to promote transit-oriented development (TOD) along the light rail line – with a focus on development that will provide all residents with safe, convenient access to quality, affordable housing, well-paying jobs, education and training programs, fresh food and healthcare services.
The project, named Reinvent Phoenix: Cultivating Equity, Engagement, Economic Development and Design Excellence with TOD, will foster development near the light rail that serves to:
- Increase public participation in planning and decision-making;
- Reduce energy consumption and associated environmental and economic impacts;
- Create healthier residents;
- Increase housing affordability and accessibility;
- Implement economic development strategies (EDS’s) to reduce vacant and underutilized land;
- Shift travel mode share to transit, biking and walking;
- Increase local capacity to implement equitable, healthy, environmentally-sensitive transit oriented development, and
- Improve walkability and accessibility to fresh healthy food, employment, education and healthcare.
ASU’s team, co-led by Arnim Wiek (Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability) and Aaron Golub (Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the School of Sustainability and the School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning), will direct the public participation and project evaluation processes across the various components of the grant.Two other School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning faculty members will also participate as co-investigators in the project: Jay Stein will contribute to the series of health impact assessments, and Deirdre Pfeiffer will help lead the affordable housing analysis and implementation.
Reinvent Phoenix was the 4th-largest grant out of 56 awarded by HUD this year through its Sustainable Communities Grants program. “We chose the City of Phoenix’s proposal because the city not only had a great plan – but the right community partnerships and a vision for success,” said Ophelia Basgal, regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in announcing the award.
Additional information about the project:
- Phoenix Receives $2.9 Million Grant from HUD, City of Phoenix web site, Nov 21, 2011
- HUD awards $2.9 Million to Phoenix for 2011 Sustainable Communities Awards, HUD.GOV, Nov 21, 2011