PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) − It’s been around for more than 100 years, but you may not have ever heard of a neighborhood hoping to make some waves in the heart of Phoenix.

It's an area just south of the ballpark, on the edge of a comeback hoping for new jobs, housing and entertainment.

A century ago the Warehouse District was the goods and services epicenter of the state. Farmers would truck agricultural goods here to be carted off in trains to the Midwest and East Coast.

Now there is a big push to revitalize this area, with more than a few new businesses recently moving in.

Investors have rehabbed many of the old historic buildings bringing them up to code, while maintaining the historic look.

Brian Cassidy is with the Warehouse District Council, a non-profit promoting the district. He said this is one of the last undeveloped areas in the center of the city.

Cassidy said he hopes the character of the district will attract more jobs and people who want to work and live downtown.

“Tech firms are naturally attracted to unique buildings that have character,” Cassidy said. “Where they (people) can hop on the street and walk a block or two to a restaurant, a coffee shop or a place to have a drink after work."

Cassidy said in the next couple years they hope to triple the amount of housing in the Warehouse District.

To see a list of the businesses already operating in the Warehouse District, click here

An Arizona native, born and raised in Mesa, and graduate of Arizona State University, meteorologist Ian Schwartz brings you the forecast weekday mornings on CBS 5 This Morning.
 
 


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