Shovels in! ‘Lyceum’ Due by Street Fair!



Melrose broke ground December 16th on it’s new town-square style park at Seventh and Montecito Avenues December 16. Crews are working feverishly to get it ready by March 3. Click to listen to speeches at the event.

i-FHjMBf9-XL.jpgThe Lyceum is a partnership between public, private, and neighborhood leaders.                Left to Right: Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Councilwoman Laura Pastor, Clear Channel’s Diane Veres, C.A.S.A. President Charley Jones, Melrose resident Perry Allen, Phoenix Neighbrohoods Specialist Lisa Huggins-Hubbard, & Mary Estes Norris Design Group.

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Concept rendering for “The Lyceum” by Norris Design Group. 
A crowd gathers to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Melrose Lyceum, Dec. 16, 2017.


“I am so overwhelmed by the commitment of this community and the vision for this area,” – Diane Veres, President of Clear Channel Outdoor’s Southwestern Region (project partner and sponsor). “This property is officially the property of the City of Phoenix.”
“The big projects are really important to the future of our city,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “But what is actually more important is the fine grain things, the smaller projects that make our city more liveable (…) where human beings can come together and spend a little more time talking about their neighborhood.”

“It’s a place to gather, for respite alone, and there’s a stage to share ideas,” said Melrose-Woodlea resident Perry Allen, who conceived of The Lyceum. “I am so thrilled to see what you’re going to do with it.”
“It’s not every day that you get to build a park,” said Charley Jones, President of the Community Alliance of Seventh Avenue, and project manager.  “It’s not every day you get a chance to get a bunch of your friends together and do something huge.”


Mayor Greg Stanton likes hard hats.
When I entered office, (former Councilman) Tom Simplot said there are two projects I want you to shepherd, the pink (Melrose Liquors) building and the Lyceum.” – District 4 Councilwoman Laura Pastor.
Mary Estes of Norris Design Group: “I look forward to seeing it come out of the ground.”
Pictured left to right: Norris Design Group’s Mary Estes, ‘Lyceum’ idea creator Perry Allen, and Clear Channel’s Diane Veres.  


Left to right: Storage developers Kim and Bruce Raskin say ‘good morning’ with their project neighbor Stacy Louis, who owns Stacy’s @ Melrose dance club.


Mary Estes, Norris Design Group.



Perry Allen: “The first person who ever heard the idea was (Grandview President) Pam Pawlowski,” (above.) 
“She connected me with C.A.S.A. Without Pam, the Lyceum would never have happened.”


Perry Allen: “The Lyceum was a community effort and it came down to a community vote. Without you it never would have happened.”





Clear Channel conveys a ceremonial deed to Mayor Greg Stanton. The City of Phoenix will own the land, which will be managed by the Community Alliance of Seventh Avenue.


i-2f6jwbd-LFamilies came to hear about the Lyceum.

Mayor Greg Stanton enjoys a cup of coffee donated by Copper Star Coffe Co.

Thank you to Leland Gebhardt photography.