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Phoenix City Council approves mixed-use project at Roosevelt Row

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The Phoenix City Council voted in favor Wednesday of a mixed-use project in the heart of Roosevelt Row. But artists, musicians, and vendors in the city's arts district are opposed to the plan because it includes a housing development that people living and working in the area's young, hip, urban environment say doesn't belong.

They oppose it because it includes a housing development that is age restricted for those 55 and older. They say it's not a good mix for this vibrant part of town. 

"It's very exuberant and loud and noisy and crazy and weird" said Wayne Rainey.
It's arguably one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in Phoenix, Roosevelt Row at Roosevelt and second street in downtown Phoenix.
"It's the first truly active arts district specifically arts district in Phoenix" said Rainey.
But now those who live and work here will have new neighbors. In a vote Wednesday afternoon the city council approved a resolution that would build 56-75 units for income and age restrictive 55 and older community as well as a restaurant/brewhouse on these city owned lots. There was a lot of testimony both for and against the new housing development as many people who live and work on Roosevelt did not want to see it built.

"I have no problem with affordable housing or income restricted housing I just don't think there is any reason to insert it into a neighbor hood that has been very, very youthful you are just asking for a problem" said Rainey.

Those close to the project says they've taken resident input to come up with the best solution for the lots. "We went out to the community shortly after we went to subcommittee and asked what the concerns are and the developer actually made several modifications to their proposal in order to better relate to the neighborhoods" said Scott Sumners, Dep. Director - Community & Economic Development.

Now that the council has voted many just hoping everyone can work and live in harmony. "So I am just at this point wanting for us all to come together and hopefully we can find a way to all live together and make it work" said Cole Reed.

That particular area, notoriously noisy, that's where first Friday is. Lots of musicians live in the area.  Those who do move into those apartment will sign a waiver stating they know it's a noisy place.

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