You have an established business in Phoenix and you need architectural services for a new building or rehab structure, but you can’t afford it.
What do you do?
If you’re aware that the architectural firm C&H Associates—informally known as Abraham James, Patrick Hallman and Weldon Alexander—just won (for the second year in a row, mind you) the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the City of Phoenix (in conjunction with HUD), you just might qualify within the City of Phoenix, as one of a few firms to get their architectural services they need for free.
The last time C&H Associates were awarded the CDBG was in 2011, and they were able to help Jobot Coffee, the Firehouse Gallery, and the Canvas site (Pallet restaurant and the former Scratch restaurant) on Roosevelt Row. They also worked on an auto body shop and an electrician’s office.
When Patrick, Walden, and Abraham were originally presented with the RFP and the opportunity to work with low to moderate-income clients within the city of phoenix, they knew it was perfect for them since they were basically already doing what was required to apply for the grant.
Wow, this is what we do. We have done this before, who better to do this than us. This is our clientele. ~ Abraham James
Despite eight other firms pursuing the CDBG Grant in 2011, C&H Associates were selected by the City of Phoenix as the only architectural firm in the program. Here we are in 2013, and the architects with a passion for bringing LEED certified architectural help to those who could not otherwise afford it—and a passion for urban farming, to boot—have again been selected by the City with the honor of passing on the rewards of the CDBG Grant to a few qualifying businesses.
This year, the guys expect to help [insert the number of] businesses with the funds they’ve been provided by the grant.
We are currently in discussions with a beauty salon, a bakery, a food preparation kitchen, and doctors office about their qualifications for CDBG funding and the potential of their projects. There are so many considerations which go into a project before starting. We are looking at every material from the ground up [with the objective] in mind to have beauty, energy savings and affordability. We like to believe that by outlining a framework of those components, we are even helping those who ultimately decide to not move forward with an actual project. ~ Patrick Hallman
The CDBG program is ideal for the kind of business that is moving forward but struggling with the 5% – 10% architectural fees of their project. By example only, a $200,000 project may have architectural fees in the $10,000 to $20,000 range.
How can you take advantage of the CDBG Grant and put these community-driven architects to work for you?
- Understand: The program is not for non-profits or churches, but small businesses.
- Now contact C&H Associates (602) 265-0660 or Abraham James (abrahamj (at) cox (dot) net)
- Give them your zip code and they’ll see if you’re in a qualified ‘HUD Red Zone’.
- Understand: There are opportunities if you’re not in a red zone, but you must prove you’ve hired people. The program is flexible and is sincerely looking for people who really need the help.
- C&H Associates will give you a CDBG application.
- Fill it out and they’ll submit it to the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Service department.
- If approved, C&H will develop your proposal for other consultants who will be involved in your project.
- Understand: This program provides the architectural services only. Other services, such as engineering and construction must be paid by the client.
- Once a client’s approved, C&H reviews a host of design services to help assess needs and give you a clear vision of what those needs are. This includes an understanding of what you can afford and options to lower your energy bills.
If you want to buy or sell a home, instead, please give me a call at 602-456-9388 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.