Committee Chooses Phoenix Latino Cultural Center Site
An ad hoc committee formed to develop a strategic for a Latino cultural center in Phoenix has picked a location.
After visiting centers in Albuquerque and Dallas and considering properties in south Phoenix and downtown, the committee chose an existing city-owned building on the northwest corner of 3rd Street and Moreland — that’s between Roosevelt and McDowell.
The 23, 000 square foot building was last used as a church many years ago and includes a choir balcony and basement. Through a 2001 city bond program, there’s about $1.4 million set aside to promote Latino culture. The committee’s building choice is estimated to cost $12 million dollars.
The committee will make a presentation to the council, which must approve the location. The search for funding sources and specific designs will follow.
- A desire for a visible Latino cultural presence in Phoenix at the heart of the city’s cultural center;
- Latino cultural center should be on par and in company with Phoenix’s other major cultural institutions and art centers locate downtown.
In 2019, interim Mayor Thelda Williams created the Latino Cultural Center Ad Hoc Committee to create a strategic plan, research potential sites and make recommendations to the city council.
Other downtown locations considered:
- Regency Garage at southwest corner of 2nd Street and Adams Street.
- Public Market parking grounds at southwest corner of 1st Street and McKinley.
- Herberger Theater grounds at southwest corner of 3rd Street and Monroe.
Other city-owned sites considered:
- Northeast corner of 7th Street and Buckeye.
- Aviation land reuse “Spark” areas.
- Del Rio Landfill.
- Southeast corner of Broadway and Central Avenue.
- Southwest corner of 5th Avenue and Broadway.