Chandler developer unveils plans to renovate Phoenix's Roosevelt Row

Posted at 11:29 AM, Oct 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-20 14:39:24-04

Next year, a vibrant portion of the Roosevelt Row arts district will look a little different.

Chandler-based real-estate firm Desert Viking Development has given us our first look at its plans to reinvent the area along Roosevelt between Fifth and Sixth streets.

The Blocks of Roosevelt Row, the name of the project, seeks to renovate the iconic Flowers building and three bungalow-style homes (built during the 1900s) and build a three-story building for future chef-driven restaurants, retail shops and art galleries, according to the announcement.

"The idea is to create a very cool, eclectic place where the community can collaborate and mingle with the local art scene," said Dan Noma Jr., principal of Desert Viking Development, in a prepared statement.

Renovations on the Flowers building are expected to be finished by spring 2017, with the entire project expected to be completed in the fall, according to the release.

Artist renderings of the project were provided to ABC15 and can be found below.

The Blocks of Roosevelt Row

The Blocks of Roosevelt Row

Five15 Arts Gallery, Lotus Contemporary Arts and Flowers Beer and Wine were all located inside the Flowers building.

According to a Facebook post, first reported by the Phoenix New Times, Five15 said that it found a "temporary new home" in the the Phoenix Center for the Arts' gallery area. Starting in January, it will feature artists' works every other month through September.

They also wrote their intention to join Desert Viking's project once construction is completed. 

"With change come new horizons and opportunities," they wrote.

Lotus Contemporary relocated to Scottsdale.

ABC15 reached out to Flowers Beer and Wine, but did not hear back in time for this story.

Desert Viking Development has revitalized other properties in the Valley, including the Crown on 7th Street which is home to Okra and The Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen; The Womack, a cocktail lounge, and historic buildings in downtown Chandler.