Eric Jay Toll | Phoenix Business Journal

Three design firms are competing for the future Mesa City Center design. The team of Otak and Mayer/Reed (image) propose preserving mature downtown trees on islands in a water setting emulating Mesa's history of canals.
Three design firms are competing for the future Mesa City Center design. The team of Otak and Mayer/Reed (image) propose preserving mature downtown trees on islands in a water setting emulating Mesa’s history of canals.

 

Mesa Mayor Alex Finter and the city council are taking leadership seriously as the city shakes off the recession and starts planning the future of Mesa.

In the past three weeks, the city has unveiled the fruits of City Center design competition, heard a strategic vision for the Falcon Field area and now have locked in a citizen committee to recommend downtown transformation.

Downtown visioning is being spurred by the pending completion of the Metro Light Rail extension, a series of new and proposedresidential developments in central Mesa and its newly opened downtown satellite college campuses.

Finter and Vice Mayor Chris Glover announced the committee appointments and charged the group with recommending policies to encourage transit-oriented development, improved market prospects and opportunities to boost private investment. Read more