Wednesday, September 22, 2021 7:43 pm

Phoenix extends lease for American Legion Post at downtown site eyed for new development

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

The city of Phoenix is extending its lease with American Legion Post 1 for its downtown headquarters on city land at Seventh Avenue and Polk Street.

The city is looking to redevelop the 1.7-acre downtown parcel with a focus on new housing and veterans service.

The American Legion Post has been located at the property since 1920 via a 99-year lease with the city.

That lease was slated to end in 2019. The city previously extended the American Legion lease until August 2020.

The Phoenix City Council approved another lease extension until Aug. 1, 2022. The post will pay $100 in annual rent. The council approved the extension at its July 1 meeting.

“The Legion notified the City that the American Legion’s 102nd National Convention will be held in Phoenix in August 2021 and the Frank Luke Jr. Post No. 1 will be showcased as one of the original American Legion posts in the U.S.,” according to council documents. “The proposed amendment would allow the Legion to remain in the building through the national convention.”

The city is still moving forward with identifying a developer for a new project on the site.

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