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A Design and Development Feasibility Analysis with Recommendations

Mar 16th, 2010

Today, North Central Avenue is the best served transit corridor in the Valley of the Sun with a newly installed light rail train connecting the cities of Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, and Glendale. Indeed with the Central Library, Farmers Market, ASU Downtown Campus, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and several entertainment venues and employers close at hand, the city’s site at 32 East Columbus is a very attractive real estate asset well located and positioned for high quality urban infill development.

This report and recommendations culminates a process whereby the Stardust Center assisted the City of Phoenix Housing Department sort through a range of development options for this site owned by the city at 32 East Columbus in north central Phoenix. The work was performed under the mission of the Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family with the Stardust Executive Director, Kurt Creager serving as the principal investigator for the project. The goal of the project was three-fold:

  1. to help Phoenix provide affordable housing situated on the light rail line through an urban infill project that was sympathetic to the context of the site;
  2. to serve as a catalyst for redevelopment in a segment of Central Avenue that needs reinvestment and,
  3. to provide a model demonstration project that could be used as a model elsewhere in the metro area, as appropriate.

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