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volume 14, issue 4 • april 2012


Old buildings find new incarnations


By Patty Talahongva Todd Chester stands under the huge metal awning


of what used to be a motorcycle shop at 7th Street and Montebello and points to the former showroom. He says it will eventually house a restaurant. “We’re basically taking this building that’s iconic


but ugly, and we’re going to really update it and clean it up and I think create something that’s unique to Phoenix,” he says, adding, “I think it will be some- thing pretty special for the neighborhood.” The awning covers 10,000-square-feet of space


and he envisions outdoor dining there and perhaps a bocce court. The mechanic bays will be turned into retail space and each one will have a new glass garage door that can be lifted up to take advantage of great weather days. Chester’s plan is just one of the latest redevelop-


ment projects in the area that is being helped by the city’s Adaptive Re-Use Program. It’s a streamlined program that allows old buildings to be re-opened for new types of businesses. Only buildings constructed before 2000 qualify for this program, started in 2008. It’s been popular throughout the city and now, according to the city, it’s one of the most comprehen- sive programs of its kind in the country. Ironically Chester and his partners knew nothing about the program when they were considering pur-


please see RE-USE on page 6


Showing off the patches sewn onto their jerseys by Dora March are, from left: Shea Effertz, Tyler Evans, and Charlie Cunningham (submitted photo).


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Women honored for service, dedication By Teri Carnicelli Two North Central women were recognized last


month for their longtime dedication to the communi- ty’s children. One spent years helping parents “see” a brighter future for their children, while the other left a piece of herself behind on every child she served.


Dora March Volunteers are the heart and soul of most non-


profit organizations, and that is no less true than with the Royal Palm/Orangewood Little League. One vol- unteer, in particular, has literally left her mark on they players for more than a decade, and in return the league recently created its own permanent mark of “thanks” for her dedication. The Royal Palm/Orangewood Little League


(RPOLL) honored North Central resident Dora March at its Opening Ceremonies on March 31 by dedicating one of its home fields to her. March has volunteered with the League for 14


years, sewing patches on every player jersey, up to 300 in a season. That equals nearly 4,200 patches sewn over the last 14 years.


“The thing about Dora is she exemplifies what a


volunteer can do,” says RPOLL President Mason Effertz. “No matter that her children are grown up and have lives of her own, she still wants to con- tribute the community. Sewing on patches is her way of doing this. It is a small portion of the season, but she embraces and makes it her own.” The League, former and current players, and fami-


lies gathered to dedicate and re-name the League’s base- ball fields to March Field. The field is located behind Royal Palm Middle School, 8520 N. 19th Ave.


please see WOMEN on page 4 in this issue


Egg farm helps support food bank, page 3 City gets set to celebrate Bike Month, page 9 Assistance League hires first director, page 20 Sunnyslope Art Walk is April14, page 40 Eatery’s site predates statehood, page 42


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