Jobs Jobs Jobs… Along the Light Rail Corridor: August 2016 Jobs Report

by Bryan Watkins, LRA Real Estate We have some very good news for Millenials. Actually, it is very good for everyone who is seeking employment. The Light Rail Connect Jobs site reports that 139 jobs are posted right now along the light rail corridor. Jobs on Light Rail, Indeed! Here is a cool way to CONNECT with Jobs on light rail. Check it out and tell us when you land that great paying job! Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterPrintMoreRedditLike this:Like...

Please Attend! City Plans for REZONING properties near the Light Rail

January 23, 2015 By Craig Steblay Subject: City Plans for REZONING properties near the Light Rail. Twice last year, I rallied the business and property owners along Washington Street to attend City meetings regarding the re-zoning of our properties to a new “Walkable Urban” code. As you may recall, this new code would only apply to a narrow area along the Light Rail and would make it more expensive to expand our business. Also, leasing our properties would be restricted under the new code. But worse, almost all of our property would have been flagged as “Non-Conforming” by the City of Phoenix which can seriously lower our property values. Needless to say this was horrible news for owners and we loudly voiced our concerns and objections to the City Planning Staff at the two meetings. Many people believe we can’t “fight City Hall” and that may be true if you’re all alone, but strength is in numbers. Thanks to the large turnout of owners that attended both of the meetings, the City made a sincere effort listening to us. As a result of our combined voices and efforts, the City Planning Department has revised the Plans and the new Walkable Urban Code to incorporate the needs of industrial properties within the new Gateway Zoning District. The City has asked me if the Property / Business Owners would be able to meet again to review and comment on the “revised plans”. I have only had a glimpse of the new versions of the code and plans because they are not completely done yet. What I did see looked favorable to...

Downtown Mesa may get 50-unit artist colony

courtesy of Parker Leavitt, The Republic | azcentral.com9:42 a.m. MST October 22, 2014 Non-profit developer Artspace wants to build an affordable-housing project for working artists in Mesa. (Photo: Artspace) STORY HIGHLIGHTS Non-profit developer Artspace wants to build a 50-unit artist colony in downtown Mesa Nearby light rail was a major factor in choosing the Mesa site The colony could be open by fall 2016  44CONNECT 23TWEET 1LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE Downtown Mesa’s light-rail extension, set to open next fall, is driving new development in the area as plans have come forward for a 50-unit artist colony within walking distance of a future station at Mesa Drive. Non-profit developer Artspace, which has opened 35 artist housing projects in 13 states, plans to open its first Arizona colony near 2nd Avenue and Hibbert within two years. Artspace communities provide affordable housing for working artists who pass income and background checks. The apartments typically feature high ceilings, large windows, wide doorways and about 100 to 150 square feet of studio space, while the complex includes places for small businesses and community gatherings. Proximity to the light rail was a major factor in selecting the vacant lot at 155 S. Hibbert, said Heidi Kurtze, vice president of property development for Artspace. Also just two blocks away is the Mesa Arts Center, which the group hopes will provide opportunities for collaboration, she said. 5 artist colonies around the U.S. Here’s a look at several other artist colonies non-profit developer Artspace has opened in the U.S. Brookland Artspace Lofts | City: Washington, D.C. | Opened: 2011. | Cost: $13.2 million. | Size: 39 units. (Photo: Photo by: Artspace) Fullscreen Next Slide While...

Just Out! October Edition of the LightRailConnect Magazine

  Phoenix-Tempe-Mesa, AZ  |  October 17, 2014  |  Bryan Watkins The new edition of the LightRailConnect Magazine just hit the streets. You will find Current Arts & Entertainment, Dining, Sports, Real Estate & Rentals and sections Travel in this publication. The cover features ‘The District‘, a beautiful and exciting apartment community across the street from Arizona State University. Discover more about Things To Do along light rail. We were designed with your convenience in mind. Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterPrintMoreRedditLike this:Like...
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