From Old Comes New
Opened on September 1st and located at 901 N. 1st Street in Phoenix is The Churchill, self-described as a restaurant and retail complex built from old shipping containers. 19 decommissioned shipping containers were used to construct this complex. The complex is also described as a 14,000 square foot urban development comprising an infill. Infill is an urban planning description involving the re-dedication of urban land, meaning development of unused parcels within previously built areas. Re-dedication here might be taken to mean revitalization, being the installation of new life and vitality into an archaic community through infill and new development.
The Churchill website lists as values Community, Creativity, Collaboration, and Connection. The site goes on to say the property is home to ten small local businesses. There is a description of the courtyard, a 9,000 square foot spot for dining, drinking, and socializing. There is also a calendar on the website, right now showing events for September 2018. Saturday nights are devoted to DJ Nameless, a performer from Columbus, Ohio whose credits include Electronic, Bass Heavy Music, Drumstep, Electro House, Drum N Bass, Jungle, and Dubstep. He does not appear to be touring at present, with the exception of The Churchill, but he does have music for sale on Amazon. Sundays are given to Sunday Brunch with Live Music, and there is the Urban Ale Trail on the 15th, a downtown hike from Downtown Phoenix, Inc., described as a walkable beer tasting tour featuring more than two dozen bars and restaurants in Downtown Phoenix. The calendar is not especially full, but The Churchill is brand new, opening only on September 1st.
The Nav Bar
Clicking the Nav Bar at the upper right leads to more details on The Churchill. Included are an about page which describes the origins and purpose of The Churchill. There is also a photograph of one of the shipping containers being lowered by crane onto the property. There is a Members page, listing the businesses operating at the property at present, including Pobrecito, Freak Brothers Pizza, Foxy Fruit, and others. Social Impact lists donations received, local businesses supported, and jobs created. Events shows an expanded calendar, as well as mention that The Churchill hosts private parties, with no cost shown. The email address email@example.com is shown for contacts, along with links for Facebook and Instagram.
The website for The Churchill is fascinating and well laid out, and is worth looking at and reading. Back to the structure itself, the Courtyard seats 300 people, and there is a rooftop deck on the top floor, no doubt to be welcome during fall and winter. Out of a devotion to community growth, each business operating there must dedicate a percentage of its time to community service projects. There is no parking on site at present, so cars must park at a paid lot or in metered parking on the street. The Churchill will offer retail as well as dining. There is The Brill Line, a shop featuring regional crafts; Sauvage, a wine shop offering specially priced wines; Cosas, a boutique offering artisans from Mexico; and Gather, a home and lifestyle shop. The walls are decorated with local art and murals, and visitors are invited to enjoy the art without buying anything.
Plans For Growth
Growth of The Churchill is planned and anticipated in coming years, with new restaurants, shops, and events, The founders and developers and the City of Phoenix are also in consultation with developers and City Managers from other cities who have taken an interest in use by The Churchill of retired shipping containers for new city developments.
Davenport Laroche is a shipping container investment agency.