By Philip Haldiman for Rose Law Group Reporter
The property, on the south side of Fillmore Street between 4th and 6th avenues, is the last sizeable vacant lot downtown. With popular gathering places such as The Vig, Cibo and Crescent Ballroom nearby, it has the potential to become a landmark in the area.
The City of Phoenix has officially put out a request for developers to make it happen.
A pre-proposal meeting will be held May 18.
Officials say the site could offer a number of uses from retail and restaurants to education facilities, along with other uses to support an emerging part of the urban Phoenix community.
However, the site is proposed to be largely multi-family with many residential options, including a mix of apartments, condos and affordable housing for more than 1,000 possible new downtown residents.
The Thomas J. Pappas Elementary School once occupied the property. The alternative school opened in 1992, providing education to homeless children in the area, and served more than 630 students at the height of enrollment. It closed in 2008, and was demolished in 2011.
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