West 6th threw a party Friday night. It was an amazing party that gave many of us a glimpse of what is to come with these gorgeous buildings. I’ve been fortunate to have taken a few tours of West 6th over the past few years; first with the previous ownership group while the buildings were mere shells, and then with the current ownership that has endured several challenges and setbacks before completing one of the more storied closings in the history of the City of Tempe. Each time I’ve entered the buildings, I’ve come away thinking that this project will be a huge benefit to the entire Mill Avenue District, and it was exciting to be at last night’s party to see people finally get a chance to mill around the lobby, tour the common areas, stand by the swimming pool and enjoy the amazing views of our city – without wearing hard hats. Amazing food was served, a large amount of cocktails consumed, and entertainers performed for a crowd of people that collectively celebrated what is to come.
Who’s Who Comes Out For West 6th:
The talented development and marketing teams for West 6th put their party hats on in a big way last night inviting many city leaders, including Mayor Hallman, council members, Shanna Ellis and Corey Woods, as well as, Kris Baxter-Ging from the City of Tempe and many more. But it was Kent Chantung from the Zaremba Group who was hugely instrumental in making this deal happen. Always a team player, Kent made sure to introduce the people from their company, their marketing firm, and the construction crews that helped him pull it all off. The obvious sense of accomplishment was great to see, and it is this kind of pride and can-do attitude that saved West 6th from the demise that so many people thought the project was heading towards. The video below is from a ribbon cutting ceremony back in March of this year. Just a few months later, residents are moving into West 6th.
Nearly A Full House:
Last night Kent announced that West 6th is only four leases shy of a completely full Tower One. That’s 185 leases already signed in the 189 unit Tower One. Demand has been huge, and residents are excited to move into the towers and enjoy the location and amenities of West 6th. The opening of Tower One is well-timed, as ASU students beginning the fall semester will comprise a large percentage of Tower One’s occupants. Additionally, reservations were announced last month for the 186 unit Tower Two. A total of 375 units will be located at West 6th in Tempe. After the initial rush of college students, it has been rumored that some empty nesters, young professionals, etc. were waiting to make sure the project really is viable and would live up to the hype. I have a feeling that the building will sell itself to anyone that had any doubts about the viability of this project. Below is a video I shot of the interior of one of the West 6th units a few months ago. They are nicely appointed and some awesome views are available.
A Shot In The Arm:
I believe the Mill Avenue District has received a shot in the arm unlike anything it has seen in the past. A transformation is underway where hundreds of new residents will be shopping and playing nearby. Yes, places like Hayden Square, the Lofts at Orchidhouse, and even the luxury units at Hayden Ferry have all been there for years, but this project just feels like it is ready to make an even bigger impact on the area. Mill Avenue area merchants from restaurants, shops, and service industries seem to be excited about the influx of many new people. The one glaring shortfall that continues to be mentioned is the lack of a grocery store nearby. I’m thinking we will hear of something coming in the near future, hopefully soon.
More West 6th Info:
Initial lease rates for West 6th began at $945 for a studio, $1,175 for one bedroom units, $1,550 for two bedrooms, and $1,995 for three bedroom apartments. There is a state of the art fitness center with an extensive cardio area, machine and free weights, yoga room, tanning beds, locker rooms, dry saunas, and more. Other building perks are theater style viewing television, resort style swimming pool with a spa, cabanas, fire pits and bbq area. The game room features TV viewing areas, pool tables, poker tables and a coffee bar. The Business Center has private conference rooms, high speed internet, Wi-Fi, computer stations and printers. I know I’m missing a few things so you’ll have to check the place out for yourself. I have some more photos of West 6th and you can find their web site at West6thTempe.com or keep up with them via Facebook.
The pic below is of myself with Kent Chantung from the Zaremba Group and it is a bit fuzzy. I thought it was appropriate because it was taken towards the end of the evening. 🙂 Thanks again to Kent and his crew for all of their hard work. Welcome to the neighborhood!