I'm talking about a place called Phoenix Northgate - a massive chunk of vacant land located near 19th Avenue and Bell Road, directly across the street from Turf Paradise.
This huge section of land has been empty for my entire life, save for the mysterious markers that adorn the entrances. The large signs are made of black tiles polished to a mirror finish, with gold lettering that bears the words "Phoenix Northgate."
Driving around the empty streets, signs of the area's past are almost invisible today. Several years ago, a large sculpture and an elaborate fountain could be found at an intersection. Today, the sculpture is gone and the fountain has been all but dismantled.
I've searched the Internet for information about this place and have come up with nothing. What WAS Phoenix Northgate?
I have a few theories about the area. I suspect that it might have been planned as an office/light industrial park with office buildings. Maybe somewhere along the line, the original developer went bankrupt and construction never got started.
Perhaps instead of an office park, Phoenix Northgate was going to be a neighborhood of ritzy homes?
Theories abound, but answers are coming up short. I have no idea what Phoenix Northgate was supposed to be or when it was built. The sidewalks in the area have the date of construction as 1988.
Do you know anything about Phoenix Northgate? Please post a comment and share your information if you do!
Update April 2016: I dug through my archives and found some photos I had taken of the artwork that was on display in Phoenix Northgate. Both of these works were in disrepair when I photographed them in 2005. I did not cause any vandalism to these pieces, but I thought they were cool/interesting enough at the time to want to remember. 11 years later and they are both completely gone; I'm glad I took these photos when I did.
|Eagles Flight sculpture by Harold Pastorius. Seen in Feb. 2005, now demolished.|
|The Fountain by Harold Pastorius. Now completely gone.|
I wish I could have seen a photo or rendering what the fountain would have looked like when it was completed. I bet it was an impressive sight!
Update 2: May 2016: I have received some photos of the structures when they were completed. Big thanks to Kay for these wonderful images!
|Eagles Flight sculpture by Harold Pastorius. 1988.|
|Eagles Nest fountain by Harold Pastorius. 1988.|