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Inaugural Downtown Phoenix Home & Loft Tour by quotes

Here is an interesting E-mail we got inviting us to tour the new Downtown Phoenix homes and lofts.

Inaugural Downtown Phoenix Home & Loft Tour

The inaugural Downtown Phoenix Home & Lof Tour is
Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As promised, each day this week we will release details of
homes on the tour. Here are a few to whet your appetite!

Tickets are $20 and include admission to the Urban Affair … purchase them here.

>>> Stadium Lofts at Buchanan and 2nd Street was a pioneering development in downtown’s warehouse district back in 2003.

Just two blocks south of the then American West Arena, the 4-story brick building was considered to be in the middle of nowhere. And now? The Summit at Copper Square condo tower is under construction and Jackson St is prepping for a $400 million makeover.

Stadium Lofts consists of 31 units ranging in size from 1,200 to over 2,000 square feet. Ten to 22-foot ceiling heights give way to city views. Spiral ductwork and exposed brick walls are coupled with granite countertops and wood floors.

>>> The “Willetta 9” residences are on Willetta near 7th Street and were designed by architect Michael Underhill.

“This urban loft floor plan is unique with European kitchens and many modern details. Convenient elements include private garages, private yards and studio spaces. Creative flex spaces can conform to your needs. Concrete floors, beam ceilings, modern bathroom design, and contemporary kitchens are some of the perfect finishing touches.” ~

A 1,100 square foot, one bedroom, one bath unit is now on the market for $365,000.

>>> Palm Lane Lofts at 325 East Palm Lane were built in 2004 by architect Ian Baldinger. Units originally started selling at $400,000 and are now selling-if you can get one-around $650,000 (or $430/SF).

The 3-story row homes boast cherry Italian cabinets by Diemme, black granite countertops, designer appliances by Bosch, fixtures by Danze, and “expressive aluminum and steel” details.

“Great architecture inside and out.” ~ selection committee comments

>>> Unique to the tour is a single family bungalow just off Roosevelt Row-the burgeoning arts/retail and live/work corridor north of Copper Square.  The modest studio/gallery at 918 North 6th Street is shared by a young couple who live the artiste’s life we all partake of once per month on First Fridays.

“Gallery space worth seeing, great art and workshop area.” ~ selection committee

This bus stop along the Tour includes an Artisan Village live/work condo as well as all the retailers along Roosevelt Row. Don’t miss this one!

Tomorrow: “Only at Orpheum”
Five stunning units in the exquisitely restored and renovated art deco Orpheum Lofts at 114 West Adams.

Wednesday: “All About Artisan”
We will feature the three uber-urban projects of developer Eric Brown: Artisan Village, Artisan Parkview, and Artisan Lofts on Central.

Thursday: “Four for the Future” will feature four projects currently under construction: 44 Monroe, Portland Place (at left), the Studios @ 636, and the new Phoenix Convention Center, the home of Urban Affair.

And Friday’s finale? What’s a house tour without a dramatic ending?

An iconic retail landmark is changing hands … what will become of My Florist now that Mr. Lacy has sold the building? What will become of Willow Bread? And the cafe/restaurant?

Don’t fret just yet … Mr. Lacy has generously agreed to be stop #6 on the Tour! His flawlessly decorated loft above the restaurant is an absolute MUST SEE!

September 14, 2006, 8:52 pm
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Valley Metro, the region’s public transportation provider, is working to
implement the Mesa Main Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.  This
high capacity transit project is included in the region’s program of
public transportation investments that will be funded through the
passage of Proposition 400 by Maricopa County voters in 2004.  Valley
Metro is currently collaborating with the City of Mesa to conduct a
study of alignment options, vehicle options, and priority treatments to
implement the project.  The Mesa Main Street BRT project is scheduled to
begin operations in late 2008 to coincide with the start of METRO Light
Rail Transit (LRT) service.


Two open houses are being held to inform residents and interested
parties about the project, and receive comment on project alignment,
station, and design options.  Poster boards will be displayed along with
handouts and a Powerpoint slide presentation.  Staff from Valley Metro,
Mesa, and the consultant team will be available to describe the project,
explain options, answer questions, and receive feedback.  Snacks will be


The day, time, and location of the meetings are provided below.


Downtown/West Mesa

Thursday, September 28, 2006

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Room 170, Mesa City Plaza

20 East Main Street

(NE corner of Center Street & Main Street)

Mesa, AZ 85201

Served by Valley Metro Routes 45, 104, & Red Line

East Mesa

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Red Mountain Branch Library

635 North Power Road

Mesa, AZ 85205


Served by Valley Metro Route 30


BRT is a new, high quality transit service that operates on city streets
with enhancements to improve travel time and service attractiveness. The
Mesa Main Street BRT project is one of five arterial BRT corridors
identified in the Regional Transportation Plan that will be funded
through Proposition 400. The Mesa Main Street BRT will operate between
the planned light rail transit (LRT) terminal at Sycamore in Mesa and
Power Road. Alignment options are being considered in Downtown Mesa and
on Southern Avenue.  A possible service extension to the Superstition
Springs Shopping Center will also be considered by the study. 


The 11-mile Mesa Main Street BRT line will include new vehicles and
upgraded stations. It will also have improvements to increase operating
speed, which may include queue jumpers (lanes at intersections to bypass
backups) and traffic signal priority.