By Jill Bernstein for Downtown Phoenix Journal
Phoenix Fillmore Partners, a development partnership between Trammell Crow Company and the Cesar Chavez Foundation, has been named the winning proposer for the West Fillmore RFP issued by the City of Phoenix.
The RFP covers the 7.5 acre site of the former Thomas J. Pappas School. Both the size and location of the site make it a key residential and retail expansion area for the West Fillmore end of the Historic Roosevelt neighborhood and downtown (AZBEX Dec, 5, 2014, May 15).
An in-depth planning process involving city staff, area property owners, and consultants was used to develop the requirements for the RFP. For more background on the site and the RFP process, see our article from last December.
The proposal, called “The Fillmore,” includes 609 units of market rate and affordable rental housing, which will be developed in two phases. In addition to the housing, the proposal includes 14KSF square feet of retail space, and 20KSF of amenities: pools, clubroom, outdoor courtyards, fitness center, coffee/wine bar, restrooms, lobby areas and leasing offices.
The proposed plan includes activating Fillmore Street on the north with storefronts, sidewalk cafes, courtyards with water features, green space and shade, and ample parking. There are 780 parking spots proposed to accommodate residents and retail guests. Amenities and secondary courtyards will cover the parking structure itself.
The next steps include contract negotiations with the city, additional community outreach, city council approval and the creation of the final designs.
At 7.5 acres, this is an unusually large development area for the city; a normal project site is somewhere around a half to one acre. There are a lot of moving parts, questions to be answered, and adjustments to be made before the project will come to fruition.
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