Artistically Thriving

by Mike Hunter

The Blocks of Roosevelt Row

Desert Viking Development’s new project, The Blocks of Roosevelt Row, will see the adaptive reuse of three bungalow-style homes and the prominent Flowers building, and construction of a new, three-story commercial building. The project to revitalize a portion of the Roosevelt Row Arts District is set to be completed in fall 2017, with portions delivering earlier next spring. Featuring local restaurants, lush communal patios and an entertainment venue, as well as market-style retail spaces — perfect for local artists and small artisan retailers — the project is designed to be an entertainment destination for all ages to enjoy.

Attention is also being given to protecting the historical integrity of the neighborhood. Says Niels Kreipke, principal and founder of Desert Viking, “With so much vertical construction taking place throughout Downtown, we felt it was important to hold on to some of the quaintness of the area by preserving some of the bungalows and structures that have stood for many years.”

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