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Mayor optimistic about downtown development efforts

July 1st, 2017 | by SanTan Sun News
Mayor optimistic about downtown development efforts
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By Arman Sidhu

Perhaps no one understands the difficulties of redeveloping a downtown better than Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. In his tenure as both mayor and as a former city councilman, Tibshraeny has long held onto a vision for revitalizing Downtown Chandler.

During his State of Downtown address at the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership annual meeting on June 15 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, Tibshraeny addressed a consortium of representatives from the local business and nonprofit community.

In his speech, the mayor acknowledged that while the process of revitalizing downtown has taken longer than expected, the current momentum remains strong.

“Having grown up in Chandler, I have seen this area undergo many changes,” Tibshraeny said. “Most have been good – some not. We’ve overcome many challenges through the years and are now in a period of remarkable rebirth.”

“It’s very exciting for me to see the transformation,” he added.

In the last two years, downtown Chandler has seen an expansion in housing, with projects such as the Alta Steelyard Lofts, and in the retail and restaurant spaces.

“What we have always wanted to achieve in downtown is a well-balanced place that embraces many uses,” Tibshraeny said. “From multi-family, office, entertainment and retail to arts and culture, we want a true urban environment that’s energized 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

In his address, Tibshraeny thanked his fellow council members “for sticking to a unified vision for our city core.” In February, the council approved Overstreet, a $25 million project that will build out 77,000 square feet of space on the southwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard. The project brings the city one step closer to the realization of its “Live, Work, Play” vision for Downtown Chandler.

The Overstreet project comes as a relief for the city after prior efforts to establish an entertainment-oriented development faltered at the same location over two years ago. The development was intended to bring Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and provide space for restaurants.

Tibshraeny also cited the local business community’s efforts in establishing unique businesses.

“Through the combined efforts of the city, all of the entrepreneurs in the room, and the private development community, we are on a pretty good roll right now,” he said.

Several new businesses are slated to open downtown. They include the much anticipated Flix Brewhouse, a Texas-based theater and brewhouse chain that will anchor the Overstreet project expected to open this winter. Puro Cigar Bar, Even Stevens Sandwiches, and West Alley BBQ are also setting up shop downtown.

Additional projects include expansion of parking spaces and a remodel of Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, which is in the final design stage of its master plan. Site 6, which is also known as Chandler 87, refers to the site across from City Hall. The 169,000-square-foot development will feature multiple office and commercial buildings, with parking attached. The City Council is expected to review RFP submissions for Site 7, at Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard this month.

The DCCP annual meeting concluded with an awards ceremony. Michael Beagle, the digital media and training manager for the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, was awarded Advocate of the Year. Katie Lambert of MOMnation, a Facebook group that organizes events for mothers and their families, received the Community Leader Award. Cheryl Tisland, the owner of downtown’s Burst of Butterflies Create & Paint Studio won Business of the Year. Edward Hines, chief financial officer of Aero-Zone, an aircraft parts supplier, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Individuals and organizations interested in learning more about the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership can visit downtownchandler.org.

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