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Old Posted Feb 17, 2007, 4:44 PM
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New Park Space

Here's an article from this mornings AZ Republic. Maybe this will help offset the loss of Patriots Square Park.

Funds OK'd for planning of civic space

Ginger D. Richardson
The Arizona Republic
Feb. 17, 2007 12:00 AM
PHOENIX - City Council members have taken the first official step toward designing and building a new civic space in downtown Phoenix.

The council on Wednesday agreed to pay EDAW Inc. just under $200,000 to design a plan for the 2.7-acre park-like area that would be just south of the U.S. Post Office between Central and First avenues. Phoenix officials think the space is crucial to the success of Arizona State University's downtown campus and to the city's overall revitalization plans for the area.

The civic space is envisioned as a gathering place for university students as well as residents and workers. Phoenix and ASU officials have said they don't have any preconceived ideas of what features the park area should contain but have indicated that it should include green space and areas for visitors to sit, talk, eat and perhaps listen to music.

Jeff Bentz, a senior associate at EDAW, said Thursday that the company will begin holding meetings in March to seek public input on the project. EDAW, which has offices around the country, including downtown Phoenix, has extensive experience in park and urban civic space design, including Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.

About $30 million was set aside for the civic space when Phoenix voters gave approval last March to fund the project as part of a bond program.
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Old Posted Feb 19, 2007, 12:27 AM
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Another new construction about to start!




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That's the first rendering I've seen of it, looks great. It's going on an empty lot, right?
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Old Posted Feb 19, 2007, 2:48 AM
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Yes, it's going on what is now a surface parking lot, although from the rendering it looks like it will probably go on only half of the lot. I'm guessing the remainder of the blcok will stay a parking lot?

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Cronkite School breaks ground in downtown Phoenix

The Business Journal of Phoenix - 4:34 PM MST Wednesday, February 21, 2007
by Chris Casacchia
The Business Journal
http://phoenix.bizjournals.com/phoen...ml?jst=b_ln_hl

The Walter Cronkite School of Mass Communication at Arizona State University broke ground Wednesday morning on a six-story, 223,000-square-foot complex at Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix.

Cronkite, long-time anchor of the "CBS Evening News" and dubbed "the most trusted man on television," was joined by Arizona State University President Michael Crow, Gov. Janet Napolitano, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Dean Christopher Callahan and KAET General Manager Greg Giczi for the journalism school's historic launch.

"Michael Crow is a true visionary of our time. He took the reins of this university and gave it a new direction and energy beyond anyone's imagination," Cronkite said. "Together with Dean Callahan, these two inspiring leaders are working to make our journalism school the best in the land. I'm grateful beyond measure to those who made this dream a reality."

The facility at 411 N. Central Ave. will open in fall 2008. The Cronkite School's portion of the building will be five times the size of its current home at the Tempe campus. The 100,000-square-foot space will be equipped with four digital newsrooms, seven multimedia computer labs, two TV studios, four classrooms and a 150-seat auditorium for large public forums. It also will house offices for the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and the New Media Innovation Lab -- two recent additions to the Cronkite School.

"Having the Cronkite School in Phoenix makes so much sense and offers so many educational opportunities," Gordon said. "Locating right in the middle of the government corridor and most of the major media outlets will allow journalism students to essentially have a laboratory that is as big as downtown Phoenix itself."

More than 200 people attended the event.
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Old Posted Jun 9, 2007, 10:05 PM
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Arrow ASU Downtown Phoenix construction thread

With both the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and the ASU Downtown Dorms now under way, here are some pictures of the projects so far and a place for furture updates.


Walter Cronkite School of Journalism



- Six stories, 110-feet tall
- Ground floor retail facing Central Avenue, First Street and Taylor Street Mall

LIVE Webcam: http://cronkitebuilding.asu.edu/


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ASU Downtown Dorms




High resolution image: http://img442.imageshack.us/my.php?i...ndorms1ch3.jpg

- 13 stories, 161-feet tall (according to Don B.'s chart)




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Old Posted Jun 9, 2007, 10:16 PM
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Has it been made public knowledge what they are going to do w/ the Ramada Inn/ResComm once the dorm 'towers' are built? It sure is a waste of space, I'd love to see it knocked down and replaced w/ something denser/taller.
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Cool thread. Thanks for starting it. I hadn't seen the renderings of the dorms yet, so that's cool too. Which street is that in the foreground of the first dorm rendering (just trying to get an idea of how the buildings will face) and also, is that older, one-story white building in the second rendering really going to stay there?

As for the Ramada Inn that's currently being used as housing, I can't imagine that they'd keep it there after the dorms are complete. If the Taylor Street Mall becomes what they hope it will, that property will be far too valuable as retail space to be left as a decaying motel. Does anyone know if ASU actually owns the site or are they just leasing it until the dorms are complete. I'd be much more comfortable with a private owner doing something with it than I would with ASU holding it after they've just completed a couple hundred million dollars worth of projects. They might not be ready to build anything else for awhile after that.
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I don't think ASU owns it, unless this was a recent transaction. Didn't someone have plans to knock it down and build a 50 floor tower on it a couple of years ago?
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I don't think ASU owns it, unless this was a recent transaction. Didn't someone have plans to knock it down and build a 50 floor tower on it a couple of years ago?
I think there was mention of that in that same article about the Trump group wanting to redo the north part of the AZ Center and put two towers on it.
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I think you're right...I recalled that as well. Awe, the Trump tease
I think it would be a very astute move for The Donald to develop an iconic tower in an up-and-coming western US city (I don't count casino/hotels in Vegas). It would be huge for his company and for Phoenix.

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Cool thread. Thanks for starting it. I hadn't seen the renderings of the dorms yet, so that's cool too. Which street is that in the foreground of the first dorm rendering (just trying to get an idea of how the buildings will face) and also, is that older, one-story white building in the second rendering really going to stay there?
That is 1st St that the dorms are facing, and the white building is the Youth Theatre that is not only staying, but also has plans to grow bigger.
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Permit# S-T448074 Issue Date Expires 6/17/09
Permit Description STRUCTURAL SUPERSTRUCTURE PACKAGE
Project 07-747 ASU DOWNTOWN STUDENT HOUSING

Scope of Work: COMMERCIAL NEW

DESCRIPTION OF WORK: (Super-Structure Plans)
A 370,000SF PROJECT IN DOWNTOWN CORE DISTRIC CONSISTING OF 2 HIGH-RISE DORMITORY TOWERS W/ A SINGLE STORY CAFETERIA/DINING COMPONENT BETWEEN THE TOWERS. ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE AND RETAIL SHELL SPACE AT GROUND LEVEL OF THE TOWERS. EACH TOWER IS 13 LEVELS TALL, A PARTIAL LEVEL, BELOW GRADE CONTAINS UTILITY SPACES & A MECHANICAL PENTHOUSE WILL BE PROVIDED AT ROOF LEVEL.

THIS PERMIT IS FOR MAIN STRUCTURAL BUILDING COMPONENTS
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I didn't even know they broke ground on the dorms. That is great. Is that a tower crane about to go up? It looks like there is a long blue base of a tower crane resting on its side.
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Two things I'm wondering about the dorms:

They are building the towers one at a time right? Its a 2 phase deal?

Where is the parking? It doesn't seem like the 'towers' have a garage anywhere, there isn't going to be an underground garage, etc. Is ASU going to be building a big garage somewhere? A surface lot? Obviously some of the students won't have cars, but I'm sure a fair number will. I wish there was an underground garage.
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I came across an old Republic article while I was looking into the parking situation. I couldn’t find anything about parking for the dorms except "Plan in progress", but I did find something interesting about the School of Journalism.

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Ginger D. Richardson
The Arizona Republic
Sept. 17, 2006 12:00 AM

Plans calls for the new building to be roughly the size and scope of the structure that currently houses the Translational Genomics Research Institute, which sits just blocks from the campus near Fifth and Fillmore streets.

While some university officials say they would have preferred to locate journalism in Central Park East, ASU President Michael Crow said he believes the new proposal can yield a new building that will be a striking addition to downtown Phoenix…

The development also includes two floors of underground parking and other retail uses.

Crow and Gordon are both adamant that the new structure will be ready by fall 2008. They say that delaying the relocation of the journalism school is "unacceptable."

Source: http://www.azcentral.com/specials/sp...uwoes0917.html
So, did ASU scrap the underground parking or is this referring to something else? Maybe they thought the project wouldn’t finish on time if they built the garage.
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I came across an old Republic article while I was looking into the parking situation. I couldn’t find anything about parking for the dorms except "Plan in progress", but I did find something interesting about the School of Journalism.



So, did ASU scrap the underground parking or is this referring to something else? Maybe they thought the project wouldn’t finish on time if they built the garage.
I sure hope they didn't scrap plans for underground parking just to meet artificial deadlines. That seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face. The more buildings that go up without any included parking just means that there has to be more land used for surface parking or parking structures. 20+ floors of student apartments is clearly going to require several hundred parking stalls. Maybe ASU will be as stupid with this development as they were with the recently completed Hassayampa Academic Village that looks like it would house a couple thousand students and has zero included parking.
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ASU film school. Anyone know if this is any good? My nephew and I took a tour of ASU yesterday; he's considering it for its film school but I can't figure out if it's good or not.

If you know, can you send me PM? Thanks.
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ASU film school. Anyone know if this is any good? My nephew and I took a tour of ASU yesterday; he's considering it for its film school but I can't figure out if it's good or not.

If you know, can you send me PM? Thanks.
I don't know too much about the ASU film school specifically (it didn't exist when I was there), but I did go to film school so if you have any general questions you can PM me. The main thing I would recommend about a film school is that the most important thing is making connections, so going to a school in LA is probably the best idea, if he's wanting to be living/working in LA someday.
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Is this a good place to post about the Downtown/ASU Civic Space, on Central? They're holding a public meeting on Tuesday evening to discuss.

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Downtown/ASU Civic Space Meeting

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Phoenix Museum of History in

Heritage Square-105 North 5th Street



The Downtown Civic Space is the proposed gathering place for downtown bordered by Central Avenue, 1st Avenue, the Post Office on Fillmore Street and the north side of the Transit Center at Van Buren. Over the past few months the consultant has been working with the public, ASU, and City Staff to solicit ideas for the space. Several public meetings have been held to look at proposed concepts. At this point the developer would like to present a master plan for the area and receive feedback.

The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and EDAW, Inc. will facilitate the Downtown Civic Space Public Master Plan Meeting on June 26, 2006, at 6:00 p.m. at the Phoenix Museum of History 105 N. 5th Street.

AGENDA:

1. Welcome
2. History
3. Overview of Public Input Process
4. Arts and Culture presentation.
5. Civic Space Project Overview
6. PowerPoint Presentation of the Master Plan
7. Master Plan Discussions
8. What’s Next

If you have questions, please contact Tom Byrne at (602) 262-4897 or tom.byrne@phoenix.gov, or Jermel Stevenson at (602) 262-4541 or jermel.stevenson@phoenix.gov.

Comment sheets can be faxed to City of Phoenix, (602) 534-3787 Attn: Downtown Civic Space Input.
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