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For(u)m: Making Groundfloor Retail Work

  • For the People 5102 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ, 85012 United States (map)

As urban infill expands across the light rail corridor, cities including Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa are all focusing their attention on mixed-use, and walkability. In practice, this often means some sort of mandate or incentive on groundfloor retail below office and residential uses. But, as this type of development proliferates, it often sits vacant indefinitely. What are the unintended consequences of mandated groundfloor retail, and why is it often so hard to fill?

We often see groundfloor retail arrive along busy streets, distant from other walkable amenities, without service entries or space for kitchen hoods for food-based businesses, designed too shallow for efficient uses, or blocked by utilities, all rendering them difficult to occupy. For(u)m engages developers, architects, and brokers all involved in designing, building, and leasing these spaces to help us discern, what makes them work?

Panelists:
-Tiffany Halperin, Urban Culture Design Project
-Brian Cassidy, CCBG Architects
2-3 more TBC

Admission is $10 in advance or at the door. Discounts are available for For(u)m members by contacting [email protected]

This event is presented by Local First Arizona's For(u)m, a membership-based program of Local First Arizona dedicated to furthering diverse, context-sensitive and responsible development through infill, adaptive reuse, preservation, and redevelopment. Learn more at https://localfirstaz.com/forum

Note: LFA For(u)m members receive discounted admission--E-mail [email protected] for details, or member reservations.