The Evans Churchill Community Association is a not-for-profit organization in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. It was formed after a small group of residents gathered together in the winter of 2003 to discuss the possibility of forming an organization to raise awareness, promote, improve, and protect their neighborhood. A volunteer board of directors leads the association.
Our purpose is to protect and promote the common good and general welfare of residents and businesses within our boundaries, and to preserve the historic integrity of the area. We hold open, monthly meetings covering a wide range of informative topics; support urban revitalization, blight reduction, and crime reporting and prevention; support the preservation and adaptive reuse of historic and vintage structures; and publish news and information via our Facebook page and website.
The Evans Churchill neighborhood sits directly adjacent to the Downtown Core and is home to Roosevelt Row — the nationally recognized arts district that hosts the First Friday art walk and Third Friday gallery night. With a mix of single-family homes and infill mid-rise developments, Evans Churchill serves as a transitional area between the dense core, surrounding historic districts, and Midtown Phoenix. Our neighborhood’s boundaries are Hance Park on the north, Fillmore on the south, 7th Street on the east, and Central Avenue on the west. Adjourning neighborhood associations are the Midtown Neighborhood Association to the north, Phoenix Downtown Neighborhood Association to the south, Garfield Organization to the east, and Roosevelt Action Association to the west.
We work closely with the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corp. (CDC) in reviewing, implementing, and monitoring their “Teddy’s To Do List” of key projects and initiatives.
Board of Directors (2018-2019)
- Dwayne Allen
- Dorina Bustamante, President
- Greg Esser, Vice President
- Daniel Drane
- Chuckie Duff
- Tiffany Halperin
- Lauren Henschen
- Sean Johnson
- Jim McPherson, Secretary
- Alvaro Sande, Treasurer
- Chelsea Smith
- Governance & Operations
- Survey & Data Collection
- Branding & Communications
- Welcome Ambassadors
- Infill & Preservation
- Transportation & Parking
- We are open and inclusive
- We communicate regularly
- We facilitate open, honest, and fair discussions
- We advocate for all stakeholders (collective voice)
- We support others
- We volunteer over and above our own board
- We seek people naturally inclined to do good for the community
- We take pride in the neighborhood
- We organize and promote high-quality, locally-focused events
Our Changing Role
- In the past, the neighborhood was comprised primarily of artists and their galleries, some single-family homeowners and apartment dwellers, small businesses, and property owners of vacant lots and buildings.
- In a few short years, significant development (mainly large apartment complexes) has occurred bringing in new residents and encouraging the formation of additional small businesses (e.g., restaurants, coffee shops).
- Over time, ECCA has become a connecting point between “the community” and developers and city officials.
- With the formation of Phoenix Downtown Neighborhood Alliance and Warehouse District Business Council, ECCA representation on Request for Proposal (RFP) panels in the Downtown Core and Warehouse District has been reduced (and we’re fine with that), but we are still called upon for advice, ideas, and volunteer service (which we freely and gladly share).
- ECCA is the guide to the neighborhood (to residents, visitors, students, business owners, developers, government officials). We provide support, but we don’t take on all the responsibility.