Led by local company Metrowest Development, Union brings 80 new apartments to the list of 818 total downtown residential units completed so far in 2017.
What makes it unique, however, is its focus on creating a true, walkable urban neighborhood.
“The whole design focused on the streetscape and ground-floor experience from day one,” said Matt Seaman, principal of Metrowest Development and downtown resident since 1996.
Matt Seaman firmly believes “there’s no good in vacant lots.”
That’s why the downtown Phoenix resident and principal of Metrowest Development is involved in buying up and developing vacant lots in the hip, historic “SoRo” area, located south of Roosevelt Street.
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.
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.
MetroWest Development broke ground on the property at 1st Avenue and Roosevelt Street on Monday, marking the start of a new building there.
“What a great day for the city of Phoenix to celebrate the answer to the question, ‘What the heck is going to happen with that crazy triangle piece at First and Roosevelt,'” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said about seeing the vacant lot now being used.
Residential infill activity has been booming, and this development offers some variety to downtown’s housing options