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    We are excited to announce that the design of the APS substation has moved into its final phase.


    Frequently Asked Questions


    When did this effort begin?

    This effort began in 2018 with a series of open houses.

    What was the purpose of the open houses?

    To get community input on the site for the new substation.

    How many possible sites were selected by the community for us to analyze?

    Fourteen possible sites were selected.

    Was the current site one of them?

    No, the current site was not as it was a Shell Gas Station at that time.

    What happened when it became available?

    The neighbors overwhelmingly urged APS to purchase the site at the southwest corner of 7th Street and Roosevelt.




    This effort began in 2018 with a series of open houses to get community input on the site for the new substation. Fourteen (14) possible sites were selected by the community for us to analyze, the current site was not one of them as it was a Shell Gas Station at that time. When it became available, the neighbors overwhelming urged APS to purchase the site at the southwest corner of 7th Street and Roosevelt even though the site was ¼ acre smaller than was required for the substation and public space.

    Images: Public Input –
    locate the substation at SWC of 7th Street and Roosevelt


    Also in 2018

    Two-Thousand Eighteen

    In 2018, along with the site selection, the results of the site analysis were provided in public meetings and additional community input was given on what elements should be included in the façade and the public spaces surrounding the new substation. That exercise included nine (9) boards of images on art, landscape, lighting and other urban streetscape elements from which the community made suggestions. In 2018, we also came back with a conceptual site plan for a previously selected site and received specific design comments for that site.


    Public Input –

    1. Rather than blacked out storefront windows (originally required by City Code) - use art, lighting and signage to create a vibrant streetscape, a retail & restaurant like pedestrian experience.
    2. Please make it like the Roosevelt Row character, not a single, whole block expression like the new buildings going in.



    In 2019 we came back to the neighbors with a detailed concept for the façade and public spaces surrounding the substation.


    Public Input –

    1. Add built shade canopies attached to the building rather than the artistic shade arbors, add as much built shade as you can to the façade.
    2. Add lots of benches, everywhere.
    3. Protect the pedestrians on the sidewalk on Roosevelt with bollards and concrete benches.
    4. Make sure the murals are by local artists and very Instagram-able.
    5. Love the built trees, clocktower and murals.
    6. Make it look more vibrant.
    7. Break up the ridge line.
    8. Don’t use pavers, use integral colored and textured concrete for the walkways.



    In 2020 we submitted for City Staff review and DRC approval of the site plan and elevations. APS chose to celebrate the arts, events and vitality of Roosevelt Row and made it the theme of the art elements of the streetscape. Again, we reached out for public input before the hearing.


    Public Input –

    1. Incorporate three-dimensional art if you can (not all just mural art).
    2. Add more vegetation if you can.
    3. Please find a location to add the Evans Churchill logo.


    Spring 2021

    Now In 2021 we have completed the construction documents for the building including full landscape plans, civil improvement plans, lighting plans, structural plans and an artistic signage package. We have contracted with Caliente Construction who is already underway with the basement site work.

    March 2021

    In February 2021 we met with Evans Churchill and Roosevelt Row boards to provide an update on the City approved construction documents and review our next steps. We also used this meeting to get feedback on the first set of artistic elements – artistic signage and wayfinding.

    April 2021

    In April 2021 we met again with the Evans Churchill and Roosevelt Row boards to provide an update on the changes to the artistic signage and share the metal artwork concepts.

    May 2021

    In May 2021 we plan to provide an update on Hardscape and Landscape.


    Public Input –

    1. The clock tower is an outdated symbol. We all have cell phones with the time now. It could be seen as a sign of authoritarian rule. Please come up with another design
    2. Please refine the Evans Churchills sign to add color, purpose to its presences, and the word “neighborhood.”
    3. The marquees design is too much and does not fit the character of Roosevelt Row. If it says “Roosevelt Row” it should match the new brands standard fonts. Please redesign to be more like the elements of existing Roosevelt Row. We are fine with “RoRo” rather than “Roosevelt Row.”
    4. The phase “let there be light” by Edison is biblical and the neighborhoods is more inclusive than that. The use of words, particularly in English, can be insensitive. “Powerful” can denote oppression. Please use symbols or remove the word signs (“Powerful”, “Energized”, “Let there be light”).
    5. The “welcome to Roosevelt Row” sign is so iconic, we request a call for artist format be used to solicit a local artist to design the sign within the existing parameters.
    6. The wayfinding signage at 6th and Roosevelt should follow the new Roosevelt Row brand standards.






    The substation and nearly $4 million in artistic streetscape enhancements are set to be completed by fall 2022.



    Artistic Components

    This will be one of the largest private installations of public art in Phoenix. At this time the location, size, and budget for each of the artistic elements has been set and approved by the City. We have engaged the following topic specialists to complete the artistic components for this project:

    Artistic Lighting

    Doug Woodward

    Woodward has created lighting effects for restaurants, resorts, churches, museums, and commercial projects throughout the southwest, including a large glass art installation at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the water slide tower at the Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch. He has been responsible for creating a vibrant, restaurant like, pedestrian streetscape on all three facades. His physical design work is complete and included in the approved construction drawings.

    His work includes:

    • Illumination for the wall murals
    • Illumination for the metal art
    • Illumination for the signs that are not internally lighted
    • Canopy lighting
    • Clocktower illumination


    Mural Art

    Artlink, Phoenix Center for the Arts and Urban Land Institute 2D Project

    Phoenix Center for the Arts recommended Artlink to lead the mural art facilitation and installation. They will be assisted with the technical installation and coordination by the Urban Land Institute’s 2D Project. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events and initiatives and has facilitated the installation of public art in private settings for over 32 years in Downtown Phoenix. ULI2D has recently completed a multi-mural installation in Mesa, the Guerrero Park Mural District with 13 artist 5 apprentices and several hundred neighborhood volunteers installing a quarter mile of murals.

    Together their work here will include:

    • 8 wall murals ranging in size from 300sf-1600sf (all frontages)
    • Caliente will prep the walls for the artwork and seal the artwork after completion with a graffiti coat for ease of maintenance


    Metal Art

    Chris Lasch

    Lasch’s team’s work is part of the permanent collection of the MoMA in New York and the Heard Museum in Phoenix. They will oversee the design of the metal artwork on site.

    Their work will include:

    • 2 metal gates
    • 6 metal canopies
    • Metal wall art at the police substation
    • Metal wall art at the bus stop


    Artistic Landscape and Hardscape

    Chris Winters

    Winter’s has his office on Roosevelt Row, teaches landscape architecture, and has intimate knowledge of the APS safety and security issues around landscape. He will oversee the design of the landscape and hardscape artistic elements on site.

    His work will include:

    • Decorative paving from the face of the wall to back of curb
    • Artistic seating on all frontages
    • 6th Street performance corner
    • Metal raised planting beds along 7th Street & at both corners on Roosevelt
    • Planters in front of the gates on Roosevelt
    • Planting beds on 6th Street
    • Bus stop roof garden
    • Police substation roof garden
    • Concrete shade trees on 6th Street with roof gardens
    • Wire trellis over 6th Street sidewalk


    Artistic Signage and Wayfinding

    Jamie Cowgill

    Cowgill has been responsible for iconic and wayfinding signage in master plan communities and urban settings. She will oversee the design of the artistic signage and wayfinding elements on site.

    Her work will include:

    • Evans Churchill sign
    • Roosevelt Row marquee
    • Interactive Lightbulb
    • Poster boxes on Roosevelt
    • Roosevelt Row wayfinding corner at 6th Street (in conjunction with Roosevelt Row CDC)