The Trammell Crow Company brought in new local development partners and a revamped vision for “The Fillmore,” their winning proposal for the West Fillmore RFP. Last year, they put forward a similar winning proposal, however, at that time, the development partnership included the Caesar Chavez Foundation and questions arose regarding a potential conflict of interest for Councilman Michael Nowakowski, who is part of the executive staff of the Caesar Chavez Foundation.
This time around the development team includes Trammell Crow as the master developer, Minnesota-based ESG Architects and local Phoenix-based partners WDP Partners (retail development consultant) and MetroWest Development (residential developer).
MetroWest Development partner Matt Seaman tells us that Downtown Phoenix is finally going through the residential growth phase that's been projected for some time. "The City of Phoenix, with its planning efforts along the light rail corridors and transit stations, along with the continual growth of ASU’s Downtown campus, has been instrumental in setting the table for the private sector."
Over in the metro Phoenix area, MetroWest Development is working on three multifamily projects, Doug Gannett tells us. “The city has done a wonderful job setting the table up for developers," he says. Besides creating new urban zones, there's also lower cost for development compared to Chicago. “We don't have problems with trades here. It's a non-union town.
Roosevelt Row developer Matt Seaman has another infill development in the works near downtown Phoenix. Seaman’s Metrowest Development and two San Diego partners are planning a new 100-unit residential development on vacant city land near McKinley Street and Second and Third Avenue.
Metrowest Development — the infill developer of a number of projects on Roosevelt Row — will start construction later this year on a second phase of townhouses at Fourth Avenue and McKinley Street. Metrowest also recently rehabilitated and sold two long empty, city-owned homes on Second Avenue. Metrowest partner Matt Seaman said the residences were built in 1904 and 1909, respectively.
On a quick walk around Downtown Phoenix, new construction and historic renovations dot the landscape in every direction. Within just a few blocks of Lola Coffee on Roosevelt and 3rd Ave, new structures are quickly changing the makeup of a handful of streets. But what’s less noticeable is that many of the most exciting new projects coming to this side of downtown Phoenix are being ushered in by one development firm that is placing an all-in bet on livelihood of downtown.