Presenter: Sherry Rampy, Brokers Hub Realty, LLC
In 2015, a building with all of the charm of a giant stuccoed shoe box with no visible openings (no doors, windows, or storefronts) along Van Buren Street in Downtown Phoenix was purchased by investors. However, research indicated it was a 1931 circa Lescher&Mahoney designed building. While completely ineligible for historic designation, the developers worked with the City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office, Community and Economic Development Office, and State Historic Preservation Office to restore the property to create the Van Buren Entertainment Venue. This is the story of the building as well and the street it sits on in Downtown Phoenix including a discussion on the financial benefits of municipalities funding such work.