To promote the growth of civic engagement and pride around thoughtful, sustainable, walkable, and inclusive infill development in the Phoenix metro area, with a particular focus on the Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa urban cores.
For(u)m is a membership-based program of Local First Arizona dedicated to furthering diverse, context-sensitive and responsible development through infill, adaptive reuse, preservation, and redevelopment. The program serves as an information exchange that organizes and informs development professionals focused on urban infill projects, advocating for a balanced dialog between residents, city government, and business stakeholders.
For(u)m will inform members with access to critical figures in the planning and development realm in order to educate and raise awareness of the urgency on these issues, and to increase coordinated and expedited response times from the development community. Communication will be through a digital newsletter, social media, and optional social and informational gatherings.
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For(u)m focuses on the following issues to ensure a strong Arizona economy centered around thoughtful and sustainable development.
- Pending development projects, both residential and commercial
- Transportation issues
- Neighborhood initiatives
- Reactive anti-development policies
- Context-sensitive parking requirements for walkable access
- Adaptive reuse and mixed-use streamlining and preservation
- Land use issues
- City-issued RFPs
- Emerging trends and market opportunities
- Creative development strategies and solutions
- Innovative projects in other markets
- Historic preservation
- New zoning and code requirements
- Alternative financing vehicles and lenders
- Transit-Oriented Development
- Tax incentives
Last month, the For(u)m continued its exploration of development corridors across the Valley, this time moving to the more recent Mesa light rail extension.
At the beginning of October, For(u)m was proud to partner with the architecture firm Jones Studio to showcase perhaps its most ambitious design project, the adaptive reuse of the historic Monroe Abbey.
EQ Properties' newest project located in the Garfield residential neighborhood utilizes historic buildings filled entirely with hand-chosen local tenants.
In seven short years, The Ranch Mine has moved to define itself as one of the most iconic and acclaimed architecture firms in the Valley. Its latest infill home, Canal House, is already garnering international attention.
In the last few months, LFA For(u)m has added a slew of exciting new members, each filling a unique niche in the local supply chain--from developers to real estate brokers to design-build firms to concrete specialists. Here's a taste of what each brings to the table.
Art, adaptive reuse, and placemaking combined forces for a lively poolside mixer at one of Habitat Metro's latest development projects, the marquee Found:RE Hotel in downtown Phoenix.
Local First Arizona is proud to sponsor the annual Arizona State Historic Preservation Conference, featuring For(u)m program members Venue Projects and Joel Contreras Design.
Local First Arizona's For(u)m program partnered with LISC Phoenix and the City of Phoenix to present a tour of the Camelback Light Rail Corridor in uptown Phoenix, between Central and 19th avenues along Camelback Road--highlighting its successes in revitalization and identity-building, and opportunities for future growth and development.
In her podcast, Kimber discusses her challenges in being a local business owner, what led her to founding Local First Arizona, how placemaking is critical to healthy communities, and her passion for Arizona.
LFA For(u)m returns for 2017 with revamped memberships, programming, and an ever-expanding commitment to a responsible built environment in the Valley.
Vintage Partners has repositioned itself in the development world through thoughtful, neighborhood-based adaptive reuse projects, centered around the marquee Uptown Plaza, first constructed in 1955. With the locally-owned AJ’s grocery store as a lasting anchor, Vintage transformed its context to welcome such independent highlights as Muse Apparel, Local Nomad, R&R Surplus, Zookz, Manor Shoes, and Flower Child, re-rooting the Plaza to place.
Local First Arizona For(u)m zeroes in on the specific issues that come to light in building an equitable, walkable, sustainable Valley. For its Fall slate of programming, For(u)m engages with the production of workforce housing, the entitlement process, and historic preservation, and their attendant barriers and openings in meeting the scale of this housing crisis.
Interested in learning more? Reach out to our staff with any questions.