Tour the New Collaboratory in Downtown Phoenix

This guest blog post was written by Ken Clark of Get Your PHX meet up group.

You're invited! Thursday, October 20th Get Your PHX, (free Phoenix meet up group) and Local First Arizona will explore the new ASU Collaboratory at the Westward Ho and then mosey over to SoSoba noodles downtown Phoenix location.

When: Thursday, October 20th from 5:30p - 7:30p
Where: Tour at Westward Ho: 618 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, followed by dinner at SoSoba Noodle Shop: 214 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ 85003
Note: Free to attend! Open to all. Free raffle ticket given to each attendee for fun prizes!
RSVP on our Facebook page here!

But if that were not enough, we have an extra special treat. We will follow that guided tour with a visit to the much-anticipated SoSoBa noodle shop on Roosevelt and 2nd Ave.

First, the first part of our tour.

We all know the iconic former resort at Central and McKinley. For several decades the Westward Ho was THE premium resort in Phoenix, and was the site of visits from former presidents, stars of stage and screen, and countless tourists.

For so many years its been off limits --a closed-up like Willy Wonka's chocolate factory in our city core.

That's because its been a home for about 300 low income elderly residents for decades and the staff have been been particularly guarded of their privacy.

As a result, the many space and rooms on the ground floor have been off limits to the general public.

But now that is changing, with a unique collaboration with ASU and Cathedral Development Group, the company that holds the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) contract to house its residents. There is about 15,000 square feet of clinic, office space and event space at the bottom of the Westward Ho, situated such as not to disturb the tenants.

We will get a tour from Michael Shafer, director of the ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. The new clinic and space will give tenants access to health care which staff hopes will improve their quality of life, allow ASU students hands-on experience and reduce the large number of 911 calls that have plagued the building.

This property uplift was collaboration costing ASU and Cathedral about $16 million, including plumbing, appliance and energy efficiency upgrades in each unit.

After touring the Collaboratory, we will head to SoSoBa Noodle Shop where owner Tyler Christensen will feature specials and menu samples for the Get Your PHX group!

If you've never heard of SoSoBa, you are going to be glad you join us this month. I'm a fan of the one in Flagstaff and I'm excited to have one down the street from my home here in Phoenix.

Of the inspiration for SoSoBa, Christensen says this is, "not the standard ‘traditional’ ramen shop. This is a full-service restaurant serving uniquely inspired noodle dishes, craft cocktails, beer, wine, and sake."

"There is no such thing as traditional ramen. There is, however, regional styles of Ramen depending on where and by whom it is made. Each ‘prefecture‘ in Japan has their own unique and delicious style of Ramen. Even within a prefecture, there are vendor-specific interpretations of regional Ramen dishes."

You can meet us on their beautiful patio, which is reserved just for us!