Oct. 12, 2009
Phoenix Adaptive Reuse Program Receives Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Award
The city of Phoenix Development Services Department’s Adaptive Reuse Program was honored with a first-place Crescordia Award at this year’s Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Awards. The city created the program to streamline the process of modifying older buildings for new business uses.
The Adaptive Reuse Program, which began as a pilot program in April 2008, is today one of the most comprehensive of its kind in the nation, offering guidance, expedited timeframes and reduced costs to customers looking to “recycle” older buildings for new business uses. An example is modifying an historic, single-family residence for use as a restaurant. Program participants saved two weeks to three months time and $2,000 to $40,000 during the development process.
“Adaptive Reuse preserves our history, helps small business owners be successful, creates unique restaurant and business settings for all of us to experience and it’s environmentally friendly,” said Mark Leonard, director, Phoenix Development Services Department.
The Valley Forward Association created the Environmental Excellence Awards in 1980 to recognize outstanding contributions to the physical environment in communities around Metropolitan Phoenix.