Roosevelt Row Businesses Open During Construction

Roosevelt Row Businesses Open During Construction

PHOENIX—(Monday, June 9, 2014)—Construction begins today on an ambitious new streetscape improvement project to bring wider sidewalks, new shade trees, pedestrian lighting, on-street parking and new dedicated bike lanes to East Roosevelt Street between Central Avenue and Third Street. The project, the outcome of a decade of work between Roosevelt Row CDC and the City of Phoenix, enhances the pedestrian amenities between the Arts District light rail station at Central and Roosevelt and the nationally-recognized businesses along the Roosevelt Row Artists District. The project is supported through the City of Phoenix, Maricopa Association of Governments and federal funds.


The construction, beginning on Monday, June 9, 2014, is scheduled to be completed in nine months, ending in February, 2015. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction along East Roosevelt Street throughout the construction schedule. Work will commence on the south side of Roosevelt during the summer months and begin on the north side of Roosevelt during the fall months. First and Third Fridays will continue throughout construction. Construction activities will be abated during Pro Bowl and Superbowl festivities in early 2015. Impacted businesses on East Roosevelt include The Nash, Afida’s Hair Culture, Golden Rule Tattoo, Carly’s Bistro, RO2 Park, MonOrchid, Songbird Coffee, GreenHaus Boutique, Revolver Records, Dougherty Wholesale Floral, Farmer Woods Group and Roosevelt Community Church. Businesses on adjacent blocks and in the area will also be impacted. During construction, businesses will be maintaining their regular hours and will be accessible.


“As a business owner and Roosevelt Row board member, I know that these improvements will benefit the entire community,” said Carla Wade Logan, owner and operator of Carly’s Bistro. “But, I also know how difficult the impact of construction can be. We will absolutely need the continuing support of our community to survive during this long transition period of construction. Our sidewalks will be temporarily unavailable for a length of time, but our service will continue to be as award-winning as always.”


“This work is the culmination of a decade of discussion, planning and design with the City of Phoenix,” said Vermon Pierre, Board President of the Roosevelt Row CDC and Pastor at Roosevelt Community Church at First Street and Roosevelt, one of many businesses directly impacted by the construction. “We warmly welcome this investment in our community. Our goal is to retain one hundred percent of the businesses along East Roosevelt Street during this construction disruption and we cannot do that without the help of our community, our neighbors and our supporters.”


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