Nov. 16, 2012
Caption: Councilman Bill Gates and Deputy City Manager help owners Mike and Donna Bollig cut the ribbon during the grand re-opening ceremony.
This week, the Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) celebrated B&B Appliances’ recently completed commercial rehabilitation project with the city of Phoenix. B&B Appliances, 331 E. Dunlap Ave., is a well-known, family-owned business that has been serving the Sunnyslope community since 1981. As participants in the city’s Neighborhood Commercial Rehabilitation (NCR) Program, owners Mike and Donna Bollig were able to make substantial improvements to their business.
The NCR Program focuses on blight elimination and the correction of code violations, using federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars towards a public-private partnership that assists qualified commercial property owners in targeted areas. Originally constructed as the PIX Theater in 1947, rehabilitation of the small business included a contemporary redesign of the storefront facade, brick perimeter fencing, site repaving, roof enhancements, an upgraded fire suppression system, site lighting, landscaping and vertical signage, as a take on the original PIX Theater spire.
Improvements to the building and site were completed in concurrence with adjacent, off-site upgrades made by the Street Transportation Department. These activities, combined with the city’s previous acquisition of land to the south and west for future residential development, are the last phase of its revitalization strategy the Village Center Neighborhood Initiative Area.
“These major improvements not only benefit B & B Appliances, but the entire neighborhood,” said Councilman Bill Gates, who represents the area. “It’s because of partnerships between the city, businesses and residents of Sunnyslope that the area has seen continuous revitalization.”
“Good things come to those who wait… we are completely pleased with the outcome of the renovations. Everyone’s participation from the city, including their assistance to complete the work while our business remained open is greatly appreciated,” said owner Mike Bollig. “Most importantly, the value of the neighborhood has increased and the improved look, in addition to our customer service, is a hit with our customers.”
For more information on the Neighborhood Commercial Rehabilitation Program, call 602-495-0846.
|Stephanie Ribodal Romero||602-412-7228|