Students return to new buildings, ASU policies and business openings and closings


Photos by Alexis Macklin, Brandon Kutzler, Evie Carpenter, Chloe Brooks and Connor Radnovich

Students returning to downtown Phoenix this fall are coming back to a slew of changes to both the ASU campus and surrounding community. The Downtown Devil staff compiled a list of some of the most notable changes.

Sun Devil Fitness Complex
The new $25 million facility opened Wednesday next to the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA and is complete with a couple dozen pieces of cardio equipment, weights, classrooms, a basketball gym, running track and rooftop pool for students. Everything but the pool is open to non-student YMCA members. The facility has been under construction for the past year.

MidFirst Bank
Construction on the bank finished over the summer and provides students and the community with another banking option and an outside ATM. MidFirst Bank is the largest privately owned bank in Arizona. A partnership between ASU and MidFirst Bank was announced in April 2012.

Smoking ban
ASU enacted its new tobacco-free policy on all four campuses Aug. 1. The ban is not enforced by police because Arizona does not have a law prohibiting smoking on college campuses. Instead, ASU is taking a soft approach, relying on students and faculty to discourage their peers from smoking on-campus.

Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana
This Scottsdale-based restaurant opened in June near First and McKinley streets. Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana offers traditional Neapolitan pizzas, salads and desserts and has a full bar.

After three years as one of the Valley’s top food trucks, Short Leash Hot Dogs opened a permanent location downtown July 23. The brick-and-mortar location offers the same menu as the food truck in addition to new premium dogs and a beer and wine menu.

Traffic beacon
The city of Phoenix installed a traffic beacon at the intersection of Third and Taylor streets to serve as an active warning to drivers in June.

Melt is the latest and sweetest addition to entrepreneur John Sagasta’s Fifth Street empire. The ice creamery serves a variety of flavors, frozen yogurt, sorbet and shakes from noon to midnight seven days per week.

Scratch French Cafe
The bakery and restaurant located in the old Canvass building and Third and Roosevelt streets closed this summer after the owners applied for bankruptcy.

Coach’s Corner Grill
This joint opened up in June next to Chase Field near Third and Jefferson streets. The grill offers an array of burgers and sandwiches.

Roosevelt Point
Construction on downtown’s newest housing option was completed this summer on the south side of Fourth and Roosevelt streets. The two-building, eight-story apartment complex targets undergraduate and graduate students, but is not exclusive to students.

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