PHOENIX, Arizona, September 19. IN a new turn of events, giving hope to those wishing to save the Phoenix Swim Club and its facility in its current iteration, Brophy Prep has decided to re-open the bidding process for potential new bidders to come to the forefront.
Courtesy of: SW
Courtesy of: SW
"I think it has become clear to both the buyer and the seller just how important this property is -- not just to competitive swim teams, but to all levels of athletes, fitness swimmers, and families who have participated in lifesaving swim lessons for decades," Preserving Community Aquatics' Tricia Schafer said of the move. "This 10-acre parcel has changed thousands of lives for the better. And, you can't put a price tag on that."
Schafer will be meeting with Brophy Prep on Sept. 30 to present alternative bids that would focus on keeping the Phoenix Swim Club intact. In an information docket sent out to Preserving Community Aquatics supporters, Schafer detailed that both "Brophy Prep and Ryland Homes are willing ... to walk away from their residential real estate deal so that Brophy can entertain bids on the property from recreational/athletic investors."
While there is still a chance that this all could be lip service, the avenues to create the change needed to save the Phoenix Swim Club from being demolished are completely open at this time.
"We are pleased with the level of cooperation and the growing understanding of the unique significance of this property to surrounding neighbors, the extensive local aquatic community, and athletes worldwide," Schafer wrote to her constituents.
Schafer and the PCA still are asking for supporters to voice their desires to keep the pool from being bulldozed. Even though there is a potential light at the end of the tunnel with the opening surprisingly provided by both Brophy Prep and Ryland Homes, PCA doesn't want the community effort to let up.
PCA plea to its members
Now, more than ever, is the time to be loud and proud and support our pools! Sal DiCiccio's new chief of staff, Chris Shipley, attended our mobilization meeting in March, and we're sure he'd love to hear more: firstname.lastname@example.org. We've been encouraging the Mayor to take a stand, and you can reach him at email@example.com. Don't know who your councilperson is? Click here: http://phoenix.gov/mayorcouncil/index.html. You can even reach out to Brophy or Ryland directly and tell them how much this property means to you and why you appreciate this opportunity to preserve it. There's an "email us" link at the bottom of the home page www.brophyprep.org. Ryland's website is set up more for prospective homebuyers, so your best bet is to snail-mail Reed Porter, Phoenix Division president, at 890 W. Elliott Rd., #101, Gilbert AZ 85233. Trust us, he reads his mail!